I’m now teaching at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School. It is in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood.
Another sight I drive by each day as I leave school is the GROW teaching garden.
GROW stands for Gardening to Reach Out and Welcome. It is located across the street from the school tucked behind a little white picket fence on its own lot amidst the other houses.
It’s been around for eight years. It’s part of the community. It’s an attempt to stop the poverty cycle. And it is used by our after school youth mentoring program, YMP, to help provide year round weekly workshops on how to grow nutritious organic food. They learn from beginning to end, seed to harvest. Bugs and compost are even included in the learning. The students learn to prepare and try different cultural recipes with the fruits of their labor.
If you like gardening, if you like kids, and if you like to break the cycle of poverty, come on over and see for yourself! You might just leave witnessing something much bigger than sunflowers growing. You might just leave with a growing desire to help. Help grow your city beyond the poverty cycle. Every little bit helps.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. Genesis 1:29
Love and laughter,