Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | August 12, 2011

From Plant to Plate

Among the many things that kids will learn when they return to Dodson Montessori School in Houston’s Third Ward in a couple of weeks is how things get from plant to plate. Kids who live in densely populated inner-city neighborhoods and don’t have many opportunities to see open land will have an opportunity to become little farmers. They will plant seeds, cultivate their plants, and then harvest and enjoy the fruit of their labor over the course of the semester. In preparation for this hands-on learning experience, our missions ministry built eight raised planting beds at the school yesterday morning. Fourteen volunteers ranging in age from 15 to 80 worked hard to lay out and build the beds. We had a great time together in spite of the heat. And we trust that the urban kids who attend Dodson will also have a great time as they learn about what it takes to put food on a plate.

Helping schools in our community is just one of the many ways that we demonstrate God’s love in practical ways. Over the past six years our missions ministry has assisted schools from Katy to the Third Ward and helped to bless lots of kids in the process. Earlier this month we assembled 300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Generation One, our urban ministry partner, will distribute these backpacks to kids in the Third Ward. We also donated several boxes of school supplies to Dodson so that teachers can help kids throughout the school year. As Christ-followers we care about the welfare of the the children who call Katy and Houston home and are committed to doing all that we can to help improve our schools. I’m looking forward to visiting the kids at Dodson later this year to see their planting beds filled with plants.

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