[VIDEO] “Placement of the Pinwheels” Event in Downtown Rome

April 1st, 2021 – 5:00 PM

Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor & Video Reporter –


On Thursday afternoon, The Exchange Club Family Resource Center and the Rome-Floyd Commission on Children and Youth held their annual “Placement of the Pinwheels” on the front lawn of the Rome Chamber of Commerce.

The pinwheels symbolize the help, hope, and healing that agencies and individuals bring to children and families in our community.

Public Speakers included Tina Bartleson, Director Exchange Club Family Resource Center, and LaDonna Collins, Director of the Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a number of other activities are planned

Blue Mondays and “Believe in the Blue”–Each Monday in April

Wear blue each Monday in April & show your support of child abuse prevention!  Wear blue, take a selfie, and share at https://www.facebook.com/exchangeclubfrc  #RomeCAP2021

Placement of the Pinwheels—April 1, 2021 at 1:30 PM

Meet at the Rome Chamber of Commerce (dressed in blue of course) for our annual “Placement of the Pinwheels”.  The pinwheels symbolize the help, hope, and healing that agencies and individuals bring to families in our community. Come and place a pinwheel to demonstrate your continued commitment to helping Floyd County children and families grow and thrive in a safe, stable, connected, and nurturing community. Attendees must wear a mask that covers face and nose and practice social-distancing during the event.

Exchange Club of Rome—Presentation on April 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM

LaDonna Collins, Director of the Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, will be the speaker at this meeting.  Come hear her dynamic presentation as she shares more about the light of prevention. Please register by emailing tina@exchangeclubfrc.org .

Glow Walk—April 23, 2021 7:30 pm

Gather in the parking lot of the Serve Rome Building (behind the Rome First United Methodist Church sanctuary on East 2nd Street) and pick up your own Glow-in-the-Dark Pinwheel. At 7:30 pm, we will walk together to the Chamber of Commerce office to place our pinwheels and recognize the FRC 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Winners, the 2021 RFCCCY George Pullen Award recipients, and the 2021 “Katie Dempsey Star Volunteer Award” recipient. After a few short words, we’ll take a photo and invite attendees to enjoy downtown Rome.  Attendees must wear a mask that covers their face and nose and practice social-distancing during the event (please help us keep our community safe).

Learning Opportunities

  • Look for articles in the Rome News Tribune during the month and learn more about prevention efforts in our community.
  • ABC of Safe Sleep class:  Register to participate in an online learning course about sleep safety for newborns/infants.  Individuals who do not have a crib for their baby are eligible to receive a free pack-and-play with bassinet after successfully completing the class (made possible by the Junior Service League of Rome). Register by calling 706-290-0764 or emailing tina@exchangeclubfrc.org

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