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Master Gardeners Instruct Cornerstone Summer Day Camp Students

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone Christian Academy summer day camp students are enjoying digging into their summer garden with instruction from University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Interns.

 

 

This year Cornerstone summer day camp has a special time of gardening each Thursday where Master Gardener interns Nanette Phillips and Christy Krupa teach the children about seed germination, how to keep plants healthy and growing, and how insects, critters, and animals affect a garden. Cornerstone’s little gardeners will plant and nurture flowers, herbs, and vegetables. “It’s good for the children to learn these things; if we didn’t know how to grow healthy plants we wouldn’t have healthy things to eat,” says Nanette Phillips.

Master Gardener intern Christy Krupa attended Cornerstone from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and says that now as an adult it’s great to be giving back to the school through her work with the summer day camp students on their garden.

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” Their web site states: “Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.”

Cornerstone’s Summer Day Camp serves children three to ten years old in the community. The theme of this year’s summer day camp is “Growing God’s Garden.”

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