Governor Mifflin students get hands dirty to help food banks

SHILLINGTON, Pa. - School's out, but some Governor Mifflin High School students have their own idea of fun in the sun.

More than a garden, a patch of green next to the high school in Shillington is giving back to the community. Lettuce, spinach, squash are planted among watermelon, pumpkin and onions.

The seed was planted, so to speak, last year by a few now-graduated students. Today, every last crop is given to charity.

"Whether it's food banks or homes where people are in need of healthy, organic food," said English teacher and garden adviser Brad Selbst.

Every student involved is devoting time to it this summer.

"It took the community to help the community," said student Tommy Heiser.

Local stores donated the soil, lumber, even an irrigation system, to help this idea blossom.

"It's been awesome," said Selbst. "The kids have been so motivated about this."

Normally one to plant words and ideas into students' minds, Selbst sees his students reaping what they've sown.

"The students spent last fall planning," he said, "and this past spring, we started building the garden here at the school, then planted the crops right before the end of the [school year]."

It's more than seeing something go from seed to fork. It's seeing something special for the community's future, now.

"I just think it's really awesome that we got together and we created something that's going to be long-lasting," said student Laura Ramsey.

"When I come back in 10, 20 years, I can still come and see the same garden that I started," said student Lauren Lubic.

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