The City Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program, in partnership with the Casa Grande Elementary School District, will host the annual Children’s Flower Garden Planting Event on Friday, November 9th. The event will begin at 10:00 am at the flower garden in front of City Hall, located at 510 E. Florence Blvd.
The flower garden in front of City Hall is planted every year to remember children who have been victims of abuse. Each year, millions of children and adolescents in the United States are exposed to violence in their homes as both victims and witnesses. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, close to 40% of children are direct victims of two or more violent acts in their homes. Close to 5 children die every day as a result of abuse in the U.S. and 70% of the child fatalities are under the age of three. Their exposure to violence can have a long-lasting physical, psychological and emotional impact. They may suffer from depression, fear, anxiety, aggression, difficulty in school, frequent nightmares and visible injuries. We need to educate children, families and the community about domestic violence and child abuse and how to recognize the signs to put a stop to it.
This year’s special event is being sponsored by Vivid Landscape LLC. The schools participating in this year’s event are Cholla Elementary School, Ironwood Elementary School, McCartney Elementary School, Palo Verde Elementary School and Villago Middle School, Casa Grande Union High School and the Casa Grande Union High School Cougar Spirit Line. Against Abuse, Inc. will join in the event this year by planting pinwheels to promote awareness of child abuse prevention.
“More than a seed is planted in a garden,” said Victim Services Specialist, Terry Montijo. “Children can learn not only about their natural environment but also about life skills such as responsibility, independence, leadership, and teamwork in contributing a wonderful gift to our community.”
The City Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program provides assistance, support, and protection to victims and their families and educates them about domestic violence, safety planning, and the criminal justice process. To learn about important resources available, click here or call (520) 421-8600.