A rose to the Hive Community Farm and Garden which is moving to a new site that will expand the space available for residents to try their hand at raising their own fresh produce. The old location had space for six raised beds, but the new site adjacent to the Boys Scouts building on 31st Avenue North in Columbus will feature up to 15 beds. There’s an old saying: Cut your own firewood and it will warm you twice. That’s true of gardening, too, because it promotes healthy living in two ways: fresh, nutritious food and the exercise working in the gardens entails. Fresh air and fresh food is a great combination and we encourage residents to participate in this wonderful program. We thank the Hive and their sponsors for providing these opportunities.
A rose to the Starkville-Okitbbeha Consolidated School District for its plan to offer enrichment learning experiences for students in the district throughout the summer. While each session will focus on at least one core curriculum subject, students will have the opportunity to participate in topics related to lifestyle and skill-building. The session topics include accelerated learning for literacy and math and enrichment in STEM, makerspace, gardening, nutrition, writing, arts, internships for career exploration, AP camp and ACT prep. The scheduled dates are June 21-July 2 and July 12-23. Summer is a time for students to relax and enjoy their hobbies and interests, but there should never be a break from learning. There’s ample time for both. We applaud the SOCSD for making these summer learning opportunities available to our kids.
A rose to Community Recovery of Lowndes County, which will host two home rebuild dedication ceremonies in Columbus on Saturday, April 24. The first ceremony will be held at 803 18th Street North at 10 a.m. and will then proceed to 915 18th Street North in Columbus. Last month, CRLC celebrated its first rebuild at a home on 7th Avenue North. CRLC spearheaded the effort to rebuild the homes after the devastating February 2019 EF-3 tornado hit the city. The homes were rebuilt by CRLC in partnership with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) of The United Methodist Church and Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) among other valuable partners. CRLC is a great example of neighbors helping neighbors. Funding for the rebuilding projects have come from local donations. To learn more about Community Recovery of Lowndes County and its rebuilding efforts or to volunteer or donate, you may email the CRLC at [email protected]