Garden at Thornwell School for the Arts reflects community involvement

Project is co-managed by Scoutreach and the Hartsville Community Garden

Civic minded community members shared their resources to help Thornwell School for the Arts create its own garden. Nancy Myers, overseer of the non-profit Hartsville Community Garden worked closely with the TEACH Foundation to apply for a grant to start the garden.

The grant was given by Whole Foods in partnership with FoodCorps-USA of the Whole Kids Foundation. The $2,000 in funding enabled the school to creat the garden. It is being managed by Scoutreach students at Thornwell in conjunction with the Hartsville Community Garden. St. Luke Methodist Church also stepped in to provide the dirt plots the students are using to grow crops as they learn about gardening and generating food sources. 

West Hartsville Elementary starts recycling program

Joins city of Hartsville in recycling efforts

Students at West Hartsville Elementary School rallied around three new Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. During an assembly, Jane Hiller, education specialist for Sonoco Recycling, spoke to students about the importance of being good environmental stewards, how to recycle and what can be recycled. The opportunity to participate was sponsored as a service project by the school's Beta Club, which boasts a membership of approximately 15 children.

Hiller provided background into why it's important to recycle and reduce waste whenever possible. She brought samples of both recyclable and non-recyclable materials, and provided some detailed instructions on preparing materials for recycling. 

Also at the assembly was Hartsville city manager Natalie Zeigler, who officially welcomed West Hartsville to the city's program. Although outside the city limits, Zeigler said the city is pleased to include West Hartsville in the program.

West Hartsville joins two other Comer schools in the city's recycling program: Washington Street and Thornwell School for the Arts. Southside Early Childhood Center will join in the future.

For more information on the recycling program in Hartsville, or to obtain blue roll carts for recyclable materials call the environmental services dept., 843-383-3019.