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Eagle Scouts “cultivate” care for The Cove
The Cove had a ceremony June 17, to celebrate the Eagle Scout boys and girls who built garden beds for The Cove. Many students at The Cove desire gardening skills, and this gives them the opportunity to watch and help vegetables and fruit grow. This project provides teens with a safe place to tend to something bigger than themselves. A place for dedication to be rewarded with harvest. A place for new beginnings.
Robbie and Franci Rogers, whose son Carter is an Eagle Scout, discovered the Cove through mutual friends, and soon became passionate about The Cove’s purpose and passion.
“I think I was most impressed by the fact of how ignorant I was about homelessness. I mean you just assume since I’m eating, I live in a house, why don’t you?” Robbie Rogers said.
Dr. Ed Morrison, who serves as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 308, attended the ceremony.
“I think I struggled with profiling, thinking only 65-year old men were homeless,” Morrison said.
“Our kids do their best to stay invisible,” said Kelly Atkinson, “So you would not recognize them. They have probably waited on you at your favorite restaurant. They’re getting off school buses, just like you and your friends are, and yet, they’re worried all day about where they’re going to stay.”
Carter’s Eagle project includes 139 hours of service towards The Cove.
“We all want to touch the world, but we can only do it one person at a time. To the student that has always desired to learn how to garden, this is for them,” Robbie Rogers said.
In addition, Master Gardeners visited later that afternoon to help plant butternut squash, watermelon, sweet banana peppers, poblano peppers, and marigold in the garden beds. Cove students are eager to tend to this newly planted garden.
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