Students and faculty members from Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island joined forces with us last week to improve the Central Community Circle neighborhood and help our participants. Members of EarlyAct, a service club for 5th and 6th grade students that is sponsored by the Rock Island Rotary Club, gave their afternoon to garden work in the Central Community Circle Neighborhood Garden. Shelter is located in the neighborhood and maintains a small garden in the CCC Neighborhood Garden.
Prior to their volunteer work, EarlyAct students discussed homelessness and the importance of housing in their own lives. Then they discussed Humility of Mary and the hundreds of lives we touch every day. They looked for a way to help and planned their own project. The students decided to grow vegetables and flowers from seeds into seedling plants. During their afternoon of service, with the support of Wes Frenell, Shelter’s Permanent Housing Lead, they prepared the Shelter garden plot land. Then, they planted the garden with seedling plants and seeds they contributed. Wes and several of the Supportive Housing participants undertake the shelter plot to provide meaningful and productive activity and healthy food.
In addition, the students distributed mulch donated by the City of Davenport on the back slope of the CCC garden. This will prevent soil erosion and will protect the integrity of the rose bushes that beautify the neighborhood. Billie Greenwood, the garden coordinator exclaimed: “The garden hasn’t looked this good in several years!”
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Principal Mr. Jacob Smithers, who accompanied the group, pitched in and worked also. So did faculty members and club advisors Mrs. Jennifer Heckenberry and Mrs. Kim Kroft, who also drove the students to the site in vans they borrowed from local Catholic Alleman High School.
The EarlyAct Club is self-supporting and meets twice a month under the guidance of attending faculty and Rotarian advisors. According to the school website, they carry out service projects annually for their school, local community, and/or one which furthers international understanding. In addition to this day of outdoor garden work, the students also volunteered at the Spring Fresh Start Sale, a fund raising event that benefits our participants.
Thank you Jordan Elementary, City of Davenport, Wes, and all who are helping make our neighborhood safe, beautiful, and fun for all!