May 29 saw a convergence of community leaders, city employees and students in Arroyo Grande.
Thanks to Arroyo Grande in Bloom volunteers, Arroyo Grande High School and city employees, more than 140 high school seniors met at a local park to branch out into teams and labor on 16 landscape projects throughout the city.
It was a joy to see enthusiastic young scholars hoist shovels and trowels; tote brush, trimmings and weeds; and plant pots of drought-tolerant greenery.
As one of the team leaders, I marveled at their hard work and pride in making their town beautiful. Given the opportunity and a bit of guidance, they made a huge impact in a few hours.
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Afterward, they relaxed at a park and ate lunch provided by Arroyo Grande in Bloom and prepared by Kiwanis.
If anyone has doubts about the next generation as it eases into adulthood, let me reassure you: They are remarkable young people who exude intelligence, good nature and pride in their community.
At Arroyo Grande in Bloom, our motto is, “We plant pride.”
This day, pride was planted all over the city. What a great experience for all of us.