Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Kids get down and dirty outside



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In between thunder showers and other summer activities, some 200 kids in the Summer Sprout Garden Program are getting their hands dirty, tilling soil in the neighborhood garden programs.

Each week, 40 mentors work with the kids in four neighborhood gardens,planting, cultivating and eventually eating the produce they grow, said Heather Schmiedicke, youth education coordinator for the Civic Garden Center.

"We have established 50 successful projects in 21 neighborhoods of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky," Schmiedicke said.

Summer Sprouts gardens are at 1411 Race St. and 406 Race St., Over-the-Rhine; Reading and Burton Streets, Avondale; and Nassau and St. James, Walnut Hills.

The program runs from June 2 through August 31 , Sunday through Friday 3-5 p.m.

The Garden Center also has a partnership with the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Management District to operate a program called Compost Kids.

It involves a field trip for students in grades K-6, giving them hands-on activities such as turning a compost pile, screening finished compost and making plant pots out of newspaper.

There are more than 500 volunteers working with the center, housed at the Hauck Botanical Garden, maintaining a collection of plants, 100-year-old trees and shrubs.

The Wednesday Dirt Crew, a group of 35 volunteers, help maintain the grounds at the garden center.

The Plant, Herb, & Hosta Sale, presented by Subaru and involving more 300 volunteers, is CGC's largest fund-raiser.

Cincinnati Bell Pioneers, Sparkpeople, Starfire and the Walnut Hills School Community Action Team donate free time.

  

John Keehner's Johnny Appleseed tradition is being carried on by Cub Scout Pack 940.

The Scout pack of Union Elementary School, West Chester, recently planted eight trees in Keehner Park in his honor. Keehner, who died earlier this year, had given the boys saplings to plant.

  

The Christ Emmanuel Christian Academy, College Hill, has received the 2003 Arts Education Award.

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education recognized the school for its quality arts education programs.

The school has been nominated for a national award.

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Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.

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