Cary, NC— Lucy Daniels Center is excited to announce the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for its new Therapeutic Teaching Garden on May 2, 2015. In addition to introducing the Garden to the community, the ceremony serves to also celebrate the hard work and commitment of volunteers and partnerships that have brought the Garden to life. The Ribbon Cutting will immediately follow the Center’s annual Inside Out 5K Run/Walk. Children’s activities, live music, and refreshments will be provided.
Thanks to the support of the Bayer USA Foundation, the Lucy Daniels Center began work on the Therapeutic Teaching Garden in 2013, breaking ground in the fall of 2014. The approximately 1400 square foot area includes an 11x15 outdoor classroom, custom-built planter boxes, and family activity areas. Parents and children can participate in Garden activities such as plant care, harvesting, cooking, and nature crafts, while learning to make healthier food choices.
“It’s exciting to see the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers come to life in the Therapeutic Teaching Garden, and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. “This garden is a wonderful addition to the services the Lucy Daniels Center offers its children and their families, providing them the opportunity to spend time, learn and grow together.”
The Garden will also serve as a community source for fresh produce, and offer economic assistance through food pantry donations. Community programming will include classes on horticulture therapy, farm to table, and STEM in the garden. It is estimated that more than 200 children and 100 community members will benefit through utilizing and volunteering in the Garden each year. Already, Lucy Daniels Center has seen increased volunteer support as teams from Bayer CropScience, Caterpillar and CAHEC, Inc. have donated over 100 volunteer hours.
Local dignitaries will include Raleigh Council Member Russ Stephenson, Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao, and former Governor Beverly Perdue. Representative from the Town of Cary will also be in attendance. Don Rosenblitt, executive and clinical of Lucy Daniels Center states, “We cannot say thank you enough to the Bayer USA Foundation, as well as to BB&T Bank, Bland Landscaping, and Whole Kids Foundation for their support and donations. It is the generosity of the businesses and individuals in our community that allows Lucy Daniels Center to continue its invaluable work for the children and families we serve.”
ABOUT LUCY DANIELS CENTER
Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the Triangle’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families. For more information, please visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.