Each year Saugatuck sixth graders assist the garden club with their efforts to beautify the city. Planters are placed along the city sidewalks, then the students join the garden club members in planting lovely flowers. This project fosters a sense of pride in the community from our young people and teaches them how they can make a difference.
Based on the number of volunteers who sign up, the teachers divide the students into groups of four to five kids. They will be joining us at 9:00 am. The kids sit down for a demonstration about types of flowers, how to plant a perfect pot, a little bit about the garden club, community service, etc. The mayor of Saugatuck often gives an encouraging speech. The group will do a practice pot, meet their assigned volunteer, pick out their flowers to plant…then set out with SDGC members to work on their pots. We traditionally finish with cookies and refreshments at Pumpernickel’s.
Our 2017 summer waterers are Sydney Baker and Caleb Wilson. They were hired based on the winning essays they wrote. The sixth grade teachers reviewed all the essays submitted and selected this wonderful team. They apparently can do much more than write…have you seen how healthy and beautiful the flowers are in our 42 Community Pride Pots around Saugatuck? I don’t think the pots have ever looked better. Meet Sydney and Caleb.
Enjoy some of the photos from this fun morning.
Saugatuck Community Pride Day
83 Saugatuck Middle School sixth graders worked with Saugatuck-Douglas Garden Club Members to plant flowers in planters and window boxes around downtown. After an encouraging visit from Mayor Chris Peterson
who talked about community service and hometown pride, the students were given instructions on types of flowers and how to plant in containers. They were divided into 20 teams; each with a SDGC volunteer to help them in their flower selection and planting.
This year’s success is also due to terrific support and involvement from City Council, Public Works, SDABA, Pumpernickel’s, SCA, Wilken’s Hardware, Twin Oaks Inn and Van Til’s Greenhouse
Cathy Carmichael, Community Pride Chair, tells students they are going to have a lesson on how to plant a pot.
Jane Dreyer, SDGC President, shows her student how to “tickle” the roots so they grow better.
After beautifying the streets, all participants were rewarded with a delicous cookie and refreshment break at Pumpernickel’s restaurant.
SDGC also planted pots in Douglas