BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press
ELIZABETHTON — Thursday afternoon was the coldest day yet this January, but a group of Elizabethton High School students were out in that cold, getting ready for spring.
Students from the Key Club and the Future Farmers of America gathered on the front lawn of Ivy Hall Nursing Home after school on Thursday to install four raised-bed gardens for the residents. They finished by filling the beds with soil and Miracle-Gro.
Kaylee Bowers of the Key Club said the effort started last October as a club project. She said the club usually focuses on doing things for young children during Christmas. Bowers said club members also decided they wanted to do something nice for older adults.
That was how Ivy Hall entered the picture. The students learned of the residents’ love of flowers and they thought of a way to meet that love, but they knew it would take the help of another club. Fortunately, the Key Club chose wisely when it asked the Future Farmers of America to join in.
Not only did FFA students turn out to be willing and able workers, but they had the way to get money to fund the project. The National Future Farmers of America Living to Serve Grant. Through the grant, the students received $1,200.
Bowers said that with the grant, the students bought the kits for building the raised-bed gardens from Lowe’s. They also purchased tools and supplies.
The students assembled the kits under warmer conditions and transported the raised beds to Ivy Hall already assembled. They then prepared the beds to receive flowers on a day which will be much warmer in the spring.
The flowers will be no problem to obtain. They will come from the high school’s greenhouse.