By: Katie Garcia, age 12
My brother, Alex, and I have been volunteering for TGP for 3 summers’ now, and we have learned so much! It is fun getting to play in the dirt and build what once was just a green grass into a beautiful garden! As a young volunteer, watching everyone in The Growing Project lead, has made me proud to help out! But so far my favorite event has been The Girl Scouts of Colorado Earth Hour event. Even though my brother wasn’t there, he wishes he was! Not kidding!
The Earth Hour event for the Girl Scouts was hosted by Colorado State University. There were various community helpers there as well to help raise awareness for the environment! I went to view all of the different displays and project tables. I witnessed, listened and participated alongside my peers. CSU's event was enormous, for the girl scouts and their families! They were able to come and learn more about how to help the environment, the way TGP does. Our table was hunger for change plate decorating. We asked the girls and their families to come share their “wishes for the environment”, by pledging to make a difference, and share their “Hunger”. Many of the girls said things like, “I am hungry for waffles”, or “I am hungry for hot dogs”. These tiny authors were too young to understand what we were really asking. Some made me laugh, and lots made me REALLY laugh. As the older girls came to the table, their answer's and imaginations were more able to grasp the question, wishes for things like, ”I am hungry for environmental awareness”, or “I am hungry for peace”.
If you asked me, 3 summer’s ago what I, or my brother were “hungry” for, we’d not only have answered in line with our favorite food or beverage, like the young author's did, but would have asked for a new game or trip somewhere. But, today, because of The Growing Project, I now attend events and volunteer in the gardens knowing that my "hunger' has grown and changed. We’ve grown more environmentally aware, but my brother and I have proven to ourselves that we care by doing. Doing by growing food and doing by giving to the community and to people who need healthy food and who really are changed by it. Everyday, what we can do with TGP is prove that at small ages, over time, with effort, we too can make changes in hunger, and that makes a difference!
It was fun and I am excited to share what I have learned with kids younger than me whenever I can! Also, when asked if I would write this blog, I thought I would write about the difference TGP makes every time I participate, but by the time I got to it, I realized, EVERYONE already knows that! What you don’t know, is my story and what makes me proud! More importantly, that I am 12 (almost 13 in June) and am more hungry than ever to keep making a change!
I can’t wait until this summer when schools out and I can begin volunteering again! My brother, Alex, though not here to write this, says the same! We’re so happy to learn, and change the world!
Katie Garcia, a guest blogger, TGP volunteer, age 12.
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