On Friday, October 20, 2017, youth and adults from nearby housing complexes came out to enjoy the fall weather and carve pumpkins to decorate Buchanan Mall.Citizen Film planned the event and built a scarecrow and laid straw bales. With the help of CommunityGrows staff, Melissa Tang (Director of Programs) and Osceola Ward (BEETS Program Manager)……and BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) Michele and Elius……youth chose their pumpkins, drew faces and commenced cleaning out the seeds and carving. Lots of slimy work……but the results paid off!Pumpkin pie was another highlight.Everyone got to take their creations home to remember a great afternoon celebrating the fall season! For more photos, check out our Flickr Photostream here.
What better way to be outside on a beautiful sunny day, than to give back to the community by spiffing up Buchanan Mall. Citizen Film, the Village Project and most of the CommunityGrows staff rolled up their sleeves to plant and mulch this wonderful space, making it even more inviting. This five block area has been undergoing a transformation thanks to Citizen Films and many community partners. Today’s event got kids to put their hands in the dirt and do a lot of weeding and cleaning up of the site. They really got into having the responsibility of working with shovels, pitchforks and trowels, all under adult supervision.The space was truly transformed when the work was done. Thank you everyone for making the neighborhood more beautiful!
For more photos see our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.