Prevention of child abuse focus of Havelock event

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Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Pangborn, left, of Cherry Point, and Havelock Mayor Will Lewis help children plant a pinwheel garden for Prevent Child Abuse Month at Havelock City Park.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 04:35 PM.

Youngsters planted ceremonial pinwheels at Havelock City Park last week to celebrate April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Community Coalition for Craven County Children put on the event to highlight the effort to stop child abuse.

“The City of Havelock and MCAS Cherry Point have worked closely with our department to prevent child abuse,” said Kent Flowers, director of the Craven County Department of Social Services. “We’ve always had a good collaboration with the city and the base and it’s even been greater since we’ve had an office down here in Havelock.”

Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Pangborn said Cherry Point was proud of its role.

 “It’s our responsibility that the children are taken care of and none of us take that lightly,” he said. “That is the reason that the command relationship is so strong. We’ve learned over the years that we, as a group, have to take care of our children. That’s what makes the relationship between us and the community so great, because we understand that we have to work together, otherwise our children will not be taken care of.”

Pangborn called the children “our most valuable commodity.” He said leadership on and off the base should do everything possible to put an end to child abuse.

Children from the Child Care Network performed “This Little Smile of Mine” and other melodies as entertainment.

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