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ETSU and Alternative School students build planters

Building and Filling planters for the Johnson City Day Center

ETSU and Alternative School students build and fill planters for the Johnson City Day Center

JOHNSON CITY (May 10, 2013) – East Tennessee State University Students in Dr. Joyce Duncan’s Advanced Service-Learning class continued a six-year Institutional Review Board study, “Needs Assessment Survey of the Tri-Cities Homeless.”

At the end of the semester, the ETSU students collaborated with students in the Johnson City Alternative School to create planter boxes. The Alternative School’s woodworking class, under the direction of Robert Tester, helped build the 3.5-by-5 boxes.

Tester transported the planters to the Johnson City Day Center, a facility dedicated to assisting the homeless, and presented them to the center director, Jennifer Whitehead.

The ETSU students then joined Day Center patrons to plant vegetables in the boxes as a community garden project.

Duncan notes, “I was impressed by the instant camaraderie between the ETSU and Alternative School students and the enthusiasm with which the Day Center population received their new garden.”

For further information, contact Joyce Duncan at (423) 439-5189 or .