With thousands of Virginia’s children suffering abuse and neglect each year, a group of local Boy Scouts decided to draw attention to this plight by planting a garden.
The garden, on the north lawn of Pulaski County Courthouse, doesn’t contain flowers, or any type of plant, for that matter. Instead, the garden consists of pinwheels — a common child’s toy.
Boy Scout Troop 249 from Pulaski recently planted the garden “to raise awareness for child abuse prevention; reflecting childhood hope, health and happiness.”
April was chosen for the service project because it is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Last year, 51,346 children were reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect.
“The statistics can be overwhelming, but they are reminders that no one can afford to look the other way. Everyone can find a way to make a difference so that children can reach their potential,” the scout troop states in a press release.