The Mineral County Junior High School traveled to B&B Hardware. Located at East 5th and M streets, the store hosted a plant growing workshop for the students.

Cindy Nixon talks to Mineral County Junior High students about the finer points of planting. The local students were a part of the Jobs for American Graduates group. (Stephen Tool photo)

The Mineral County Junior High School traveled to B&B Hardware. Located at East 5th and M streets, the store hosted a plant growing workshop for the students.

The students are part of the Jobs for American Graduates–or JAG.

Cindy Nixon, gardener extraordinaire and vice chairman of the community garden board, is teaching the class. She shows the class how to plant several types of seeds for the Hawthorne Community Garden while explaining the myriads of reasons for personal and community gardening. She has convincing arguments.

“We’re here to plant seeds and because JAG says we should get out into the community and contribute,” said Samantha Gavin, one of the student attendees.

Junior high school teacher Tom Pasternak and JAG specialist said, “My goal is to make sure kids transition successfully to high school and give them all the tools they need for achievement. This is a program I applied for, and one of the requisites is community service. It’s also a great opportunity for these kids.”

After the departure of the children in the midst of a short hailstorm, Nixon had this to say: “I became involved with JAG by tutoring at the high school. I also became involved as a business person because JAG encourages kids to interact with local businesses.”

“This is a real positive thing and I’ll invite all the kids to volunteer at the community garden. They don’t have to be there every week. Besides, volunteering always looks great on your college resume,” Nixon said.