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Grant expands garden education at Goodall Center

Boys & Girls Club gets hands-on learning in Three Sisters Garden

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Storyteller Freeman Owles, a Cherokee folklorist and educator, tells stories to local elementary school students as the Wofford College introduced its Three Sisters Garden project at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Glendale, S.C., in September 2012.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate has received a $30,830 grant from Women Giving of Spartanburg for “Growing Greener,” a program in partnership with Wofford College’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School (GOLS). 

The grant for “Growing Greener” will provide 500 children with many opportunities for science education and leadership, including projects in the Three Sisters Garden at the Goodall Center at Glendale, S.C. The vegetables and herbs grown in the garden are donated to local soup kitchens. 

The grant also provides funds for participation in outdoor recreation programs offered through GOLS, such as Adventure Quest, which teaches science while engaging students in fun outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. 

“We are so pleased that the Boys and Girls Clubs have been given this opportunity to expand our innovative partnership on the Three Sisters Garden,” says John Lane, director of the Goodall Center and professor of environmental studies. “Because of the generosity of Women Giving for Spartanburg, many more students will learn life and foodways of Native Americans.” 

The Three Sisters Garden project began as a three-year partnership of Wofford and the Boys and Girls Clubs to allow local youth to expand their knowledge of the region and further their appreciation of their natural surroundings. The project originally was funded by a portion of Cargill Grant to Wofford for its “Thinking Like a River” initiative.

Greg Tolbert, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, has witnessed the transformation and growth of the Three Sisters Garden through visits with students. “The opportunities that come out of innovation and generosity are clearly seen in our collaboration with Glendale Outdoor Leadership School and Wofford,” Tolbert says.

Women Giving for Spartanburg awarded a total of nine grants to local non-profit organizations based upon grant proposals focused on the economy, social environment, education, health, natural environment, and civic health.