On Saturday, September 12, the Junior League of Chicago (JLC) volunteers headed to Higgins Elementary for a Done In A Day (DIAD) event with Gardeneers – an organization that partners with schools to create and sustain effective gardening programs while empowering 1,000+ Chicagoland students to enrich their knowledge of nutrition, connect with their community and become stewards of the environment.
As a regular partner with the Associate Community Experience Committee and the DIAD Committee and as a client of a Junior League member, Gardeneers offers a strong partnership that provides value to the community and the League. The organization’s focus on sustainability and the process of growing healthy food directly correlates with JLC’s healthy lifestyles initiative – not only are students able to taste the produce that they grow, but they also receive information on adopting healthy lifestyles through educational programming.
JLC Community Co-Vice Presidents, Becky Hogan and Mollie Tavel, organized the DIAD specifically for management and board members, who are usually focused on training and developing others, to have the opportunity to give back to the nonprofit; and they did! Members served for four hours by prepping the garden beds and planting carrots, lettuce, radishes, and onions.
“I really enjoyed my DIAD experience with Gardeneers. It was extremely hands-on, educational, and a great opportunity to make an impact in a few hours of time. Also, the Garden Educators took the time to explain how the garden was utilized by the local school in classroom programs and the produce was shared with the students.” Kelly Mcclure, JLC Executive Vice President.
To learn more about Gardeneers, visit their website at: www.gardeneers.org
By Anne Marie Koerner, 2015-16 Topics & Trends staff member