Well the year ended with a bang. Hays County Juvenile Center with the help of John Griffis came out early on December 23 and helped Edible San Marcos with a dig in at Mendez Elementary School. The kids at Mendez have been wanting a garden very badly. The second grade teacher Mr. Adam Voglewede was key in getting the garden started. He had gardening experience as a child and this fostered his gardening movement. Mr. Voglewede had told his students that the area where they wanted the garden may look different when they get back from break.
When we got to the school to work on December 23, the kids surprised us, instead by putting a sign in the window thanking us for helping them. When we saw the sign it about brought tears to our eyes. It stopped us all in our tracks. It made us thankful for helping out the little children. Their appreciation was the biggest Christmas gift anyone could have ever wanted. Edible San Marcos and Hays County Juvenile Center worked very hard to surprise the little children. We wanted the kids to be surprised when they came back to school. We were hoping to have the hard work of digging the beds done so that the children could concentrate on the planting.
The boys from H.C.J.C. had fun on December 23. It was a brisk morning. Before long there were stories of families that had raised chickens. Next thing you know I am hearing “Maim, look at the size of this earth worm!” Earth worms got tossed to and fro a little bit but did not get harmed. The grub worms got removed and saved for the chickens.
I brought a lemon bunt cake for the boys to eat and they loved it. They did not go for seconds because they didn’t think there was enough to go around. Once they were assured that there was enough for all, it was gone in seconds. Then fresh oranges went down quickly. It was a great day. Afterwards I went and looked at their garden site.
You should come out on a dig in sometime, or volunteer at one of our schools. It is so enriching. Rest assured you will leave with a smile on your face. I am thankful that we were able to help so many children this year. If you aren’t able to dig or volunteer on site, you can make donations. It takes money to keep our programs running. We also need volunteer to do office work. It can be done from your own home, or from our office.
Have a Happy New Year and we look forward to growing with you!
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