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Flower beds at Boys & Girls Club spruced up for spring

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Aubrey Heath, 11, center, pulls weeds with the help of Imani Hall, 11, left, and U.S. Cellular volunteer Breanna Carter, right, at the Boys and Girl's Club garden on Monday.


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Earth Day was the perfect occasion for members of the Boys & Girls Club to plant seeds for the future and celebrate growth potential.

Children and volunteers from U.S. Cellular spent Monday afternoon digging up old soil, pulling weeds and revitalizing flower beds at the Jack Minges Unit of the Boys & Girls Club in Winterville.

Prior to the garden work, U.S. Cellular seeded its own growth initiative with a $20,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs. The money will provide K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities to youth for the fifth consecutive year.

According to a new release, this is part of a $1 million donation to clubs across the country and $70,500 in North Carolina in 2019. With a particular focus on STEM programming and learning, U.S. Cellular’s charitable efforts have funded more than 50 Boys & Girls Clubs after-school and academic enrichment programs for the last five years.

No one was talking about donations the garden, however. The focus was more personal and more hands-on. 

Nicholas Sawyer, 11, of Greenville said he enjoyed helping the environment.

“I enjoy digging up the soil and dirt and finding new creatures,” Sawyer said, adding that his favorite part was shoveling and pulling out weeds.  

Imani Hall, 11, of Greenville, said she had gardening experience.

“(I’m helping the environment) by digging up the weeds and helping little creatures and plants have a better place to live,” Hall said. “I’ve done this a thousand times before at my house.”

Mike Alexander, sales manager of the Winterville U.S. Cellular store said he is excited to have his staff spend time bonding with youth. 

“I’m very thrilled to have most of my store out here working and helping out with the kids,” Alexander said. “They are helping (kids) learn about the earth, about how to plant things and how to clean up the garden and things like that.”

According to Cathy Holder, director of special events and marketing, the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains has 17 Clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 1,400 members daily and over 3,100 annually.

Club programs focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and citizenship with an over-arching goal of building strong children and communities.

For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains, visit bgccp.com.

Contact Tyler Stocks at tstocks@reflector.com or 252-329-9566.