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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] DSS to Plant Tree at Courthouse for Child Abuse Prevention Month


On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9:00am members of the Department of Social Services staff will join the Pitt County Buildings & Grounds Department, to assist in planting a tree on the south lawn of the Pitt County Courthouse, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Since first established by President Ronald Regan in 1983, April has served as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with this year marking the 37th anniversary of the national awareness effort. 

Typically, this month is observed by the Pitt County DSS Board and Staff with several events, and special efforts.  However, the full-scale response required for the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order, have resulted in significantly diminished planning and promotion of the Month’s activities.  However, DSS Director, Jan Elliott noted that “despite the affects from COVID-19 to all other planned events, our staff has remained committed to the planting of this tree.”  Elliott continued “It is our hope that this will serve as a lasting, living monument to strength of those who work to fight child abuse, and the courage of those victims whom they serve it.”

The tree, which was donated by the Lowe’s Home Improvement on Thomas Langston Road, will be planted on the 3rd Street side of the Pitt County Courthouse, located at 300 West 3rd Street in Greenville.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, no public ceremony will be held, and only minimal staff will be present to assist in planting the tree.  Media are invited to be present to record the planting; however raw video and still photos will be made available to all reporting outlets who may not want to attend in-person, due to COVID-19 concerns of their own.      

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, all residents of Pitt County are encouraged to help make a difference in their community towards preventing child abuse. Volunteering, mentorship, abuse advocacy, donating to DSS, and simply just not being afraid to speak up when you see something is wrong, are all ways to make a difference in the lives of a most vulnerable population. To learn more about DSS efforts to prevent child abuse in Pitt County, along with ways you can help, call 252-902-1110, or visit

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