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Key Club plants pinwheels for child abuse prevention

Members of the Key Club at Boyle County High School planted 180 blue pinwheels outside the school Thursday to help raise awareness about the problem of child abuse during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Key Club is a student-run service organization at the high school. Members participate in two hours of community service every month, said Rachel Marcum, a sophomore member of the club.

The group heard about the idea to plant pinwheels — a common symbol of child abuse prevention — from Boyle County elementary student Aleah Stigall, who is International Junior Miss Bluegrass State Pre-Teen, and Stigall’s mom.

Marcum said it’s important to shine a light on the problem of child abuse, “especially at schools. I think there’s a lot of cases that go unheard and I think this is one of the best places to let a child know that they are heard.”

The Key Club spent $90 of their own money to buy the pinwheels and will be holding fundraisers, including selling candy, to earn the money back.

Marcum said Boyle’s Key Club has around 30 members and its sponsor is  teacher Katie Tiller. For anyone interested in joining Key Club, there are forms available in the high school’s office, or students can talk to any current member of the Key Club.