SALT LAKE CITY — Students, faculty and school district officials planted Utah's first Pinwheel Garden of the year on Friday at Rose Park Elementary.

The event launched Prevent Child Abuse Utah's activities planned throughout April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The students took part in a safety and awareness assembly and then all students and faculty surrounded the school with pinwheels, showing a combined effort to keep Utah's children safe.

The pinwheel garden is part of a statewide campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention. Pinwheels are popping up in front yards, at community events and in front of City Halls. Prevent Child Abuse Utah has distributed 50,000 free pinwheels as the centerpiece of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. The Pinwheel represents PCAU's effort to change the way the state thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize healthy child development and ensure that child abuse and neglect never occur. It is part of a national campaign that has seen more than 2.3 million pinwheels displayed since April 2008.