"Our children are our most valued resource, not only today, but for the promise of a bright future," said Ann Williamson, executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services.
Communities need to work together to cultivate strong families, she
"All parents seek support in child-rearing," Williamson
said, adding that as neighbors, friends, church leaders, teachers and more, Utahns need to "keep an eye on our kids - because they're all our kids."
Williamson led a group of state employees and advocates for child abuse prevention in planting hundreds of bright blue pinwheels in the ground in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month on Wednesday at the Multi-Agency State Office Building.
Similar pinwheel gardens will be popping up all over the state, and in neighborhoods where people have purchased pinwheels, a symbol of a "bright and joyful childhood," she
"Communities and organizations that work together to cultivate strong, knowledgeable families are our best defense against child maltreatment," Williamson