Day three and day four were big days for the service learning campers! Wednesday, they spent the day at the Bethlehem Center. Bethlehem Centers of Nashville is a family resource center that serves the North Nashville community with top-rated early childhood education, youth and senior adults programs, and community outreach activities. The students did some weeding, picking vegetables, and put up a trellis to lead the green bean vines upward. The campers were partnered with the youth from the center who are in charge of maintaining the garden.
They also received a little education from a master gardener about starting and maintaining a garden. Then they took a tour and learned about the history of the center and the many families they serve. In the end, they donated books for their library and labels for all the vegetables.
While visiting the center, they ran into a familiar face. Amber Carlton, rising Ensworth Senior, who was completing some of her service hours! Here are some pictures from Wednesday.
Thursday brought a whole new set of adventures and lessons. Yesterday, the campers visited Nurses for Newborns. Nurses for Newborns exists to provide a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills. Some of the activities they did included sorting diapers by number and size, arranging baby food by category and expiration date, sorting children’s clothing by size and putting them away in bins or hanging them in their “closet”. They also formed an assembly line and emptied about 30 cardboard boxes filled with wipes then put them away on the shelves. The campers erupted in a cheer when the task was completed!
One of the main lessons learned…service can be FUN!
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