Solana Beach businesses help support Earl Warren students’ ‘Impact Project’
In Earl Warren Middle School’s humanity class, the seventh-graders divided into groups and were asked to come up with an “Impact Project,” a project that would have an impact on someone. One of the groups came up with the idea to grow a vegetable garden together with the special needs kids at the school. Once the vegetables were harvested they would be donated to the Community Resource Center in Encinitas (a resource center for abused women and children).
The first things the group had to do was to get the material needed for the garden (wood, dirt, seeds). They anxiously walked into Dixieline Hardware Store in Solana Beach, prepared with a little speech to present their case, hoping that maybe they could get some discount (all money had to be worked for in one way or the other). They could not have dreamt of a more welcoming and heartwarming reception; Dixieline gave from their scrap wood — all the wood the kids needed plus several bags of potting soil that had been ripped open a little bit. The kids were delighted.
Next stop was Armstrong Garden Center in Solana Beach, and just as at Dixieline, the manager at Armstrong listened patiently to the kids telling their story, then he said, “Come on, take a cart and let’s go get what you need.” They got more planting soil, fertilizer, all the seeds they needed — spinach, carrots, radishes, salad — and a couple of pretty flowering plants to make it beautiful. These two managers at Dixieline and Armstrong were extremely kind and gracious to the students.
The project has been a huge success, with the students all planting, watering and harvesting together. They took the spinach and radishes over to the Community Resource Center in Encinitas recently, where it was very welcomed since they rarely get fresh vegetables. And there will be more to come before the spring season is over.
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