After having her project approved by the board of Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, Fink met with some leaders of Children Services and Signature Health to brainstorm and plan further. She set up booths at the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival, Andover Fall Festival and the Geneva Grape Jamboree to collect donations to go toward her project. After more than 80 hours of work on her project, Fink has managed to get at least seven libraries included in her project as well as Pymatuning Valley Schools.
Fink plans to send each library a blue basket filled with blue pinwheels. Blue represents child abuse awareness, while blue pinwheels are the symbol for Pinwheels for Prevention. Displays will be set up in each library to inform the public of child abuse and to let people know what to do if a child they know is being abused. The directors at each library will receive a blue T-shirt with a pinwheel stating “It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.”
Each building of the Pymatuning Valley School is lined with posters to inform others of child abuse, and to request that the students wear blue April 10. April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month, with April 10 being “Go Blue Day.” Nationwide, people wear blue this day to honor Child Abuse Awareness Month. On April 10, Fink will be giving a speech at the Rise Up Luncheon, held by Ashtabula County Children Services.
After completing her project and filling out paperwork, Fink should receive her Gold Award. Her extensive work on this project will have a lasting effect on the community by keeping people informed of child abuse, and letting them know there is a solution. Fink’s perseverance will help her fulfill her true goal of her work, which is summed up by her words, “I wanted to make the world a better place.”
To contact Ashtabula County Children Services, call (440) 998-1811 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For emergency referrals, call the 24 hour toll-free hotline at 1-888-998-1811.