When Club member Nathan exclaimed, “Ready, Set, Go!”, nothing happened. Two snails sat entirely still, safely tucked as much as they could possibly tuck, inside their protective shells. A handmade race course drawn out on paper lay underneath them, complete with obstacles and a finish line. Maybe a nudge would help, they thought, but still no response. Then someone came bounding in, “I found another ladybug!” and the snails were scooped up to be deposited back outside, while the group continued on in their critter search.
This is the kind of spontaneous fun that can be cultivated on any day after school at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club. This group was participating in gardening club with long-time volunteer, Cookson Beecher on one of the first warm spring days of the year. They observed soil temperatures, the progress of the returning flowers, and the vegetables they had started from seed. A barely discernible pea sprout was discovered poking through the dirt, ready to climb its trellis, with a well established bunch of chives in the corner nearby. Then the first ladybug was found and the search shifted to examining all types of bugs and spiders.
The Club members in Sedro-Woolley cultivate flowers and a vegetable garden every year with generous donations of seeds, starts, and compost, with volunteers lending their time and expertise. They love to create flower arrangements as gifts and to beautify their Club. They learn about new foods and healthy eating, through tending their vegetables, and experience the satisfaction of seeing their hard work materialize into treats like zucchini bread.