The July meeting of Magnolia Garden Club was held at Trousdale School for members to learn “What does Trousdale School do?”
Arriving at the school, members were met by Allen and Shannon Clark, who gave a brief history of the school. The school began in 2005 in the gym of a church off Dockery Street. Today, Trousdale School owns the building.
The school is designed to work with adults who have high functioning intellectual disabilities. It’s a day program where students work on academics and physical activities. Job placement is also a high priority and 80 percent of the students work part time in local businesses. If you have had groceries bagged at BI-LO or Cooke’s, it could have been done by a student from Trousdale.
The students at Trousdale love to sing and dance. For the past five years, students have performed a musical fundraiser for the school. Students sang three songs from their musical for the garden club members. When “God Bless America” was being sung, it was hard for everyone in the audience not to get a little emotional, club members observed.
As they toured the classrooms, garden club members were shown by students and staff how reading, math, life skills and exercise are a part of each day. In the computer lab, students were learning at different levels — some learning the alphabet and others learning words. In the apartment, students were folding laundry and changing the bed. In the fun room, where there is exercise equipment, everyone was moving to the music.
This year, Magnolia Garden Club members have built containers for the front entrance of the school and planted them with a variety of flowers. A new project for the students is a vegetable garden, which was planted by garden club members. Students have enjoyed watching the vegetables grow, harvesting them and taking them to the kitchen to learn how to use them. Salsa and salad made with the vegetables were favorites.
Club members, with help from the school staff, prepared lunch for everyone. Students were seen coming back for a second slushie and hot dog.
After experiencing the love and appreciation from everyone at the school, Magnolia Garden Club members agreed they left with a better understanding of how important it is to have a school like Trousdale in our area.
It was said in a speech at the musical in June, “God does not make mistakes.” Those who spend a little time at Trousdale understand how true this is, according to the club’s president, Fredricka Lawson.
Other members attending the meeting were Elsie Yates, Sue Taylor, Linda Cross, Bess Neil, Nancy Frey, Annette Stanbery, Patsy Bettis, Erma Brewer, Chloe Littrell and Sheila Cardin.