Hundreds of Pinwheels Planted in Arvada to Honor Child Abuse Victims

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 2010. 

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 Kaitlyn Pannell. 

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.

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