Our volunteers make all the difference in the quality of education which we can provide to students through our programs. This week we would like to spotlight long time SGP volunteer Jen Morrocco from Umpqua Bank! Jen is beginning her 3rd year working with students at Fairfield Elementary School, taking time during her lunch break to get out and get involved with the kiddos in her community. Jen brings so much to our programs and has gone above and beyond in not only dedicating her time, but also acting as a constant proponent of our work in the greater community. Here’s a quick Q&A session we had with Jen about her volunteer experience:
Q: What is your favorite thing about working with SGP?
A: The dirt! Seriously though, getting outside and getting the kids interested in what’s happening in their garden is spectacular: the enthusiasm, the energy, and the ability of 3rd graders to weed at high speeds is second to none.
Q: What is your favorite lesson? A: Any which involve planting – or more importantly, the weeks just after planting, when the kids get a chance to see their garden in action.
Q: What part of working with our programs stands out to you as super special? A: For me it’s the increased feeling of connection with my neighborhood. Working with School Garden Project gives me a chance to be a part of the next generation – to help them find knowledge and health – when they have so many other influences in their lives. And I love that we learn together at every lesson.
Thank you Jen for all that you have given to our programs! We are so honored to have you as a member of our team!