DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky school district has begun using its garden to help fill backpacks that go home to needy students.
The Advocate-Messenger (http://bit.ly/12bsRDy) reports the idea began as a casual conversation, but has grown into a community service.
"We were just talking ... and she said she would like to do some type of community-based service with her veggies," Sandra Clark, who is director of the Boyle County High School Youth Services Center, said about a conversation she had with horticulture and animal science teacher Toni Myers.
Clark said she asked if Myers and two students would be interested in heading up the project.
Myers said she instantly agreed.
"This is one of the best programs I have been involved with," Myers said, calling it a "win-win."
"It's very rewarding and good for my two FFA students."
Senior Kelsey Kendrick and junior Kara Shelton said they have learned a lot by being involved with the project.
"It's been amazing. It's taught me a lot about growing produce," Kendrick said, adding that "we get to help people."
The two teens care for and water plants in the garden at least once a week and sometimes more often. Myers said she is proud of their work and how reliable they have been at caring for the plants.
"There's not a downside to the project," Myers said.
"I love it; it's so fun," Shelton said.
In addition to growing the produce, the teens have helped Clark deliver it to a few families.
Shelton said the experience has drawn them closer together.
"We're like a little family," she said.
Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews