More than a dozen Arvada K-8 leadership students polished their
gardening skills by planting a massive pinwheel garden to honor more
than 800 child abuse victims receiving assistance at Ralston House in
Members of the community sponsored the
pinwheels which represent the children served at Ralston House where
these victims begin their journey of recovery.
“The pinwheel garden is a reminder
that kids are abused, and yet there is help through places like Ralston House,
social services and law enforcement to ensure children are safe and
those who are responsible are caught,” said Don Moseley, Executive
Director for Ralston House.
The brilliant blue pinwheels are placed
along Ralston Road in Arvada as an important reminder to the community
about child abuse prevention.
Arvada’s K-8, located at 5751 Balsam St., has a leadership
class is comprised primarily of eighth graders and two (2) seventh grade
students. They were selected by the school’s principal and assistant
principal to study and model leadership qualities that will take them
beyond the classroom.
Not only do they tutor younger students in the
school, they also operate the school store and take part in the Backpack
program to ensure hungry children will have food over the weekend.
The pinwheel garden project is the first community project the leadership
class has taken part in, and the group took great pride in being involved
with this important event.
“I think this is a great opportunity
to help the community and Ralston House,” said leadership student
Ralston House is a child-friendly, safe
and neutral environment where trained professionals interview and provide
medical examinations for children who’ve been physically or sexually
abused. Services are in conjunction with investigations by law enforcement,
social services and the district attorney's office.
Pinwheels can be purchased through Ralston
House until the end of April which is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness
month. Visit www.ralstonhouse.net for more information about the program.