Families grow up with family literacy
NEBWERRY – The Newberry Family Literacy Program has partnered with the Newberry Master Gardener’s Association to organize a five-week series of “Families Grow Together – Gardening Sessions for Families,” as part of community outreach during the months of March and April.
Each week, different topics focused on healthy food options, raising good eaters, tips for growing healthy plants (watering, soil types, pest control, etc.) and the planting process.
Families were able to spend quality time together under the supervision of a member of Newberry Family Literacy and Newberry Master Gardener’s Association, planting a healthy garden. Participants received all the tools, supplies and materials needed for the gardening project that the family was able to use and keep. This was made possible through a grant received from the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Endowment Fund.
Each family also received a handcrafted raised garden bed designed and built at the Newberry County Career Center. Families practiced planting a raised garden bed during the session at the Kendall Road complex in Newberry, but were also able to take a raised garden bed with supplies and create their own healthy garden with their family. Gardening education services for children were provided by the Family Literacy Program during the first session.
Families also designed / painted “stepping stones” to place in their home gardens.
“The Families Grow Greater Grub Together sessions were designed to encourage families to spend quality time together while developing healthy lifestyles and eating habits for longevity and a better quality of life. Through this program, families have learned the power of patience and responsibility while developing planning and organizing skills with their loved ones, ”said Emily R. Crump-Saddler, Family Literacy Program Coordinator. Newberry.
The participants of Families Grow Greater Grub Together were; Gustavo Arroyo, Leonardo Arroyo, Scarlett Arroyo, Kendal Bishop, Jorydn Bishop, Tyler Bishop, La’Toya Plummer, Delilah Plummer, Sonnia Rubio-Luviano, Eric Rubio, Mia Rubio, Autumn Caldwell, Dana Williams, August Caldwell and Louvenia Williams.
The session facilitators were: Margaret Riebe, Edith Hawkins, Annie Houser, Barbara Miller, Rodger Winn, Janice Weakland, Steven Cheek of the Newberry Master Gardeners Association and Emily R. Crump-Saddler, Constance McMorris, Loretta Settles and Lozetta Peterson were facilitators of the Newberry Family Literacy Program.