Students of all ages from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s Blythe Unit are learning to grow a garden this summer at Tri-State Exhibition Center.
The entire process of the garden, from planting the seeds to growing the plants, shows the kids what it takes to care for something and how to do it themselves. Blythe Unit members have had much to say about the garden.
Eleven-year-old Kira Stander explained the garden teaches kids how to grow their own food and make healthy food choices.
Added Standler, “It is hard work, but in the end, you are proud of what you did.”
Fellow member Alexandria Sheppard, 9, said she worked hard on the garden and learned how to grow food.
Caleb Walden, 9, listed his contributions.
“I made carrots, squash, tomatoes and green beans,” Walden said. “I got really hot, then got wet by the water fountain” to cool off, he added.
Gardening teaches students a lesson that is sometimes difficult to replicate in the classroom: Hard work pays off. It may be difficult but it’s fun and rewarding for everyone.
Blythe Unit Director Melissa Scannapiego said the experience has been wonderful for her young members.
The Blythe Unit members have had an awesome opportunity this summer to learn the art of gardening,” Scannapiego said. “Members not only enjoyed learning about gardening but actually had a hands-on experience. We have seen an increase in members’ interest in eating healthy foods, especially ones they’ve grown, since the beginning of this project.”
These types of healthy eating habits are usually best learned outside the classroom. Habits start young, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland are committed to helping students develop healthy habits that can lead to great futures.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland are located in seven different facilities throughout Cleveland.
Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It is open to all school-aged youth (6-17), in order to provide them with a safe place to learn and grow.
According to its mission, by creating an ongoing relationship with caring, adult professionals, BGC’s life-enhancing programs and character development experiences give young people hope and opportunity to achieve the unachievable.