Master Gardener Volunteers of Clay County Contribute Storybooks

— Written By Kelli Miller
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Master Gardeners Donate Books

Left to right May Atkinson, Lindsey Hognett, Jan Maddox

Master Gardener℠ volunteer Presidents May Atkinson and Jan Maddox present the Hayesville Primary School Principal, Lindsey Hognett, with new storybooks. Although Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Clay County have not been able to do their normal amount of volunteer work due to COVID-19 virus restrictions, they felt that it was important to continue their education mission.

Education for children and adults is an important aspect of their program. Many of the Master Gardener volunteer members are retired educators. Susan Patterson taught for 33 years with a BA and MA in Early childhood. She selected the books which were donated to the Hayesville Elementary school last year and picked seven age-appropriate books for the new Hayesville Primary School. Storytime is a major part of the primary level curriculum. Since the new school does not have a self-contained library, these books will be circulated among the classroom teachers. All seven books carry a gardening or nature theme.

The Master Gardener volunteers of Clay County have given grants, scholarships, and books to students in addition to providing community education programs over the years. Funds for these contributions are derived from the annual plant sale held in the Spring. This volunteer group is trained and operates under the guidance of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center. If you have an interest in becoming involved with the wonderful group, please contact Lisa Gonzalez (828) 389-6305 ext 12. The next Master Gardener℠ volunteer class is scheduled to begin in February 2021.