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Staunton Office on Youth Organizes 'Beautification Project'

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Kids plant trees and flowers outside Farrier Court. Kids plant trees and flowers outside Farrier Court.
Inside Farrier Court, a tree mural designed by Laney Riley Inside Farrier Court, a tree mural designed by Laney Riley

This "Terrific Tuesday" at the Farrier Court complex in Staunton was extra terrific.

The Staunton Office on Youth, together with community members and the kids of Farrier Court and Willow View, took part in a beautification project. They planted trees and flowers, even painted pots for Mother's Day. Inside, the Farrier Court kids themselves painted a mural.

The office's gang prevention coordinator, Glenn Martin, says Terrific Tuesdays are a way to connect with young people.

"We do programs with the kids. We help with homework. We bring in guest speakers. And the whole purpose is to develop healthy relationships amongst the kids and get to know the families, with the goal of preventing substance abuse involvement or gang involvement," Martin said.

The mural was designed by Bridgewater College student Laney Riley. It's a tree, with roots that spell "love," and limbs that form a heart. The kids will put a quality of love on each leaf.

Reported by Tara Todd

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