Rotary Club of Alpharetta Supports Lionheart School Garden
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta, led by Christ Kemp of the Dykstra and Kemp Insurance Agency, and State Rep. Lynne Riley, recently had a work day at the Lionheart Gardens. The Gardens, established in 2008, is The Lionheart School’s organic garden project for the development of pre-vocational learning and environmental stewardship.
The goal of Lionheart Gardens is to create sustainable approaches for achieving marketable vocational and life goals for adolescents who would otherwise have limited options when they reach adulthood. The garden program ensures that Lionheart students have an opportunity to develop skills to carry them into adulthood and open possibilities for future employment and self-fulfilling living. The Lionheart School also recently hired a gardener and a person with farm experience to share their knowledge with the students to help in achieving these goals.
Rotary members and their families gathered at Lionheart Gardens to help create a mulch moat around raised beds, which will minimize bug and weed encroachment on the crops. They also built a peg wall under cover for storing tools for use in the garden. Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, was exemplified in their garden work. The project will allow for increased yield and productivity at Lionheart Gardens.
“The Lionheart School could not achieve our mission of helping each of our students reach their greatest potential without the help of the community. Lionheart appreciates the Rotary Club of Alpharetta for giving their time and talents to help at the Garden," said Mary Ulich, Director of Operations for The Lionheart School.
"This project will help our students increase the crops they harvest at the garden for distribution at their garden stand. The peg wall will help them organize their tools and their project. Once again, Rotary has stepped up to make a difference in the lives of students,” Ulich said.
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta also donated $250 toward the project.
“We are proud to support Lionheart School which provides a much-needed service to families who have children with developmental disabilities,” said Bill Weeks, president of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta.
The Lionheart School, located in Alpharetta, provides education to children with various developmental disabilities.
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
The Rotary Club of Alpharetta was chartered on March 23, 1983. Its membership is comprised of approximately 85 men and women representing a broad base of business and professional activities in our community. We are committed to making our community, both locally and worldwide, a better place for all of us to live. Visit www.clubrunner.ca/alpharetta for more information.
Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau
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