Boyne City Middle School Garden Welcomes Seniors
The long northern winter, followed by cold spring rains, delayed our garden start, but now we are off and running! Our goal this summer is to involve seniors from the local senior center in our middle school garden project. We plan to provide produce to the seniors, as well as recruit help from these veteran gardeners. The photo above showcases Pat, who volunteers both at our middle school, and at the local senior center. She is actively recruitng other volunteers from the center and comes into our class once a week to tutor and take kids out in the garden to work. At 86 years young, she is a whirlwind: full of energy and joy. The students love spending time with her!
While Pat has helped many of the students here, they, in turn, have helped her too. Two years ago, her son died in an automobile crash. It nearly devastated her, but she is a strong and resilient type. She vowed to find something to be passionate about and I think she has found her niche. She has expressed repeatedly that the students and the garden give her a reason to get up in the morning.
It has been a joy to watch all things blossom from this project: the garden, the students and Pat. We look forward to involving more mentors over the summer.
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