A Leadership Ascension group is spreading awareness for domestic violence by planting purple gardens throughout Ascension Parish.
Team Enough is Enough includes nine members of the leadership class whose goal is to “spread peace, love and to stop domestic violence,” a news release said.
Most recently, the team planted a garden at Central Middle School in memory of Ronald Green Jr., a student who died as a result of a domestic violence situation, along with his mother, Dewona Green, in 2014, the release said.
“These gardens are a tribute to the lives lost through domestic violence,” team member Kenny Foster said. “The flowers not only represent the victims but also hope.”
The group started a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/EisEStopDV, and began asking others to join in with the movement to plant purple flowers.
“We received numerous comments from people stating they would plant purple flowers,” team member Allison Hudson said. “The immediate support was amazing and we now have gardens at River Parish Community College, The Arc of East Ascension and several other schools are planned. “
The team will be partnering with Donaldsonville’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and representatives from Scotts-Miracle-Gro Co. to plant a community purple garden in Donaldsonville’s Louisiana Square on April 2.
Team members also have partnered with Eatel Corp. and Donaldsonville High School Junior ROTC cadets to film a public service announcement on domestic violence.
The team is selling shirts to help offset some of the costs of the project and have picked up several sponsors.
The team is asking residents to donate toiletry items for the IRIS Domestic Violence Center. The team will be renovating a family room at the IRIS Center and would like to donate needed items for victims who may use the facility.
“Our goal is to stop domestic violence and continue to spread awareness to everyone,” Foster said.
Leadership Ascension is a program of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce.
Along with Foster, of Gulf Coast Aerial Mapping Co., team members include Holly Slaughter, Ascension Credit Union; Amy Yarbrough, Serenity Oaks; Tiffany Shelton, Mary Bird Perkins; Hudson, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Bruce Waguespack, River Parishes Community College; Kevin Johnson, Precise Cleaning Service; Bill Riddle, Methanex; and Jerry Self, city of Gonzales.