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Youths donate garden tools

April 29, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal
Mia Vangkham, Jessie Phompong, Tia Vangkham, Shamari Khamsai and Michelle Bunpan are middle schoolers who are in Rusty Bever’s ELL classes and wanted to do something for the community. They worked three nights at the school’s concession stand and raised $187 to donate to a project in Webster City. With their teacher’s help, they purchased garden tools to donate to All Culture’s Equal’s Boone River Country Community Garden. Leslie Kauffman and Janet Toering — who helped create the gardens two years ago for residents who don’t have access to fresh produce in the summer — were surprised with the girls desire to help with the gardens. “Any help with the garden through the purchase of supplies, people willing to plant, weed and water helps us to achieve our goal of getting people to eat healthier and provide valuable volunteer opportunities in our community,” Leslie Kauffman, director at ACE. The gardens are also used as an outdoor classroom for Webster City middle schoolers who participate in an after school program called Choices and Challenges. The program is called FEAST — Food Education Action Sustainability Team —where youth are engaged to create, cook, connect and collaborate with food.


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