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Community Housing Partners Residents and Staff Join with Virginia Tech Students to Plant Living Memorials

Blacksburg, Va. – On April 28, Virginia Tech students planted maroon and orange Hokie flower gardens throughout the New River Valley as a living memorial to Virginia Tech’s students and faculty whose lives were lost on April 16. 

Many of the gardens for the Hometown Healing Project were be on the grounds of community and non-profit organizations where Hometown Industries, a service-learning program at Virginia Tech, students do volunteer work throughout the academic year. Two of those sites include CHP properties: Cedar Crest in Blacksburg and Meadowview in Pulaski.

“Our goal is to do something together with the communities we serve--communities that have been so supportive in the aftermath of this tragedy--to create a memorial that will be a reminder of our unified spirit and pay tribute to our students and faculty members who lost their lives,” said Perry Martin, assistant director of the Service-Learning Center at Virginia Tech.

Hometown Industries will be working with these communities in maintaining these gardens in years to come. In total 46 residents, CHP staff and Virginia Tech students volunteered that Saturday morning to plant these memorial gardens. A special thanks to Perry Martin for allowing us to be a part of this project, as well as Laura Stroupe and Pam Linville, the CHP staff who coordinated the volunteers at both of these sites.

“I know that this was a meaningful experience for the participants and it has been comforting to see the same flowers planting in places throughout Pulaski and Blacksburg, it is another way to signify our unity,” said Martin. “In my job I have worked with many individuals who are in substandard housing situations and CHP provides a very comprehensive solution to this problem. You all deserve thanks for your work.”