January took us back to Steppin’ Stone Farm to check on our crops! Back in September we’d helped the girls at Steppin’ Stone weed their cash crop of ornamental grasses. These crops help to raise money for the Farm as well as for scholarships for girls who leave the Farm with a recommendation. The growth we saw between this trip and the one last fall was amazing — and I’m not talking about the crops! (Although they really grew too!)
One of the neat things about our GET REAL Involved! trips is that as we continue to visit the same places we get to really see how our work makes a difference. And at Steppin’ Stone, we see the difference as the girls grow and gain confidence and clarity in their own futures.
We worked hard all morning side by side with the “plant girls” and had a lot of fun. We made some great progress. The plants will be going to the Strawberry Festival at the end of February, so it was important to get them in good shape. Everyone had something to do and kept busy. It was a great day. A little chilly, but that didn’t stop us.
We had a good age mix from Middle and High School. The Middle School guys put their energy to work clearing an overgrown area and moving pots and things. They were really helpful…after they got focused!!! 🙂 Then we took the tour, which is always a fun part of the trip. Steppin’ Stone is a real working farm, from the smelly chicken coups to the full grown steer which will be shown at the Strawberry Festival! We saw the noisy geese, and the rambunctious goats, and the beloved pigs, which are pets and will not be breakfast meats ever! It’s always fun to get a peek at how animals are doing.
Well, next month we’re off to Metropolitan Ministries! Hope to see you there.
To qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships students in Florida must complete 75-100 hours of community service. Most other grants and scholarships require some sort of community service activity for consideration. But where can you complete this service? There are so many agencies needing help. Some don’t want unchaperoned students, or even accept students as volunteers. It can be a complicated challenge.
Most students want to volunteer (whether they receive “credit” for it or not) but just don’t know how to go about doing it. Or haven’t been asked! That’s where GET REAL Involved! comes in!
With GET REAL Involved! you can earn service hours, make a difference in the community, and hang out with friends…all at the same time!
GET REAL Involved! engages youth in service in the Tampa Bay area. Each month, GET REAL Involved! will coordinate a project at Hillsborough County approved sites to help you fulfill your service hours requirements. We get you there and back — all you have to do is fill out a few forms (click here) show up, have fun and make a difference!