Girl Scout growing gold
Girl Scout growing gold
By India Holland-Stewart
HIGH POINT–The children at the Wesley Memorial Enrichment Program and school are proud of the garden they helped create. Red, yellow, orange, and green are only a few of the colors of the “rainbow of veggies” in the garden and market they created.
The garden and market was the idea of Maeson Kelley, an Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 190 that meets at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. The idea for a “rainbow of veggies” stemmed from a passion Kelley has for children, teaching and the girl scouts.
“ I love being with children, I love being in the nursery and pre-school. I wanted the children to eat healthy and be outside. This is something I can enjoy myself and be with the children at the same time,” Kelley said.
Kelley is a 17-year-old senior at Wesley Christian Academy. She has been a part of girl scouts for 13 years and is currently working on her Gold Award, the highest achievement in girl scouting. To earn her Gold Award Kelley must complete a service project that benefits her community.
She created an entire week of educational fun for the infant through 5-year-old group at the Wesley Memorial Enrichment Program.
With the help of donations, family, volunteers, teachers and staff, Kelley created a week of activities for the children that revolved around eating healthy and making healthy decisions. Kelley created lesson plans, games, schedules and exercises. This helped the children with math, colors and learning good eating habits. It also incorporated science with the process of taking food from the garden to the market to the table, and finally end up in their bellies.
“The project is a lasting project for Wesley Memorial School,” said Susan Sumpter, Director of Wesley Memorial School. “The garden will continue even after Maeson is gone with our summer and fall programs.”
There is a spiritual component that is embedded in Kelly’s lesson plans to help the children to understand how God’s plan is a part of that process, Sumpter said. The project also helps the children with their motor skills by teaching them how to shuck corn, shelling peas, counting the peas, and snapping green beans.
“The experience has been priceless. I love seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. There are so many moments that you give thanks to God for,” Kelley said.
Kelley also took her mission to the next level to support her community. She asked for donations from family, friends, the church and school to donate fresh vegetables and fruits. These donations and any left overs from her market will be donated to Leslie’s House and Open Door Ministries.
“It is hard work, but it is worth it in the long run when you see your plan follow through and everything you worked so hard for fall into place,” Kelley stated. “I could not have done it without all the help and support from my family, friends and the church.”