The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta recently announced they have received a grant award in the amount of $2,300 from the International Paper Foundation to build seven raised gardens at the Thomson Boys and Girls Clubs. The International Paper Foundation has been a great friend to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta, having provided funding two years ago to build raised gardens at the E.W. Hagler Club in Harrisburg neighborhood in Augusta.
A kid's gardening project is a highly visible way to beautify the community and inspire well-being among the many people who live, play, and work in the area. The bond between plants and people is destined to reconnect us to our environment. As we strive to foster earth stewardship in our children, growing plants is a powerful avenue to bring about positive change in our children's surroundings and in their lives. The raised gardens will be built in February 2011 with anticipation of planting the first produce in March. The beds are built to be self-sustaining with a crop rotation based on the seasons.
The majority of youth that attend the Thomson Club live in the housing project that surrounds the Unit. Our proposal will provide raised gardens on the Thomson Club property. Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta will encourage families to participate in our garden project and attend classes provided by the Boys and Girls Club, the Georgia County Extension Agency, the Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen healthy eating program, and other environmental programs provided by area partners.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta prides itself on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta has played an integral role in the Augusta community for over 59 years, and in McDuffie County for 10 years. The club is open Monday through Friday, 2-7 p.m. after school, and 7:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. for summer camp. Our programs emphasize education and career enhancements, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.