Grow Learn Serve youth groupProviding community education is a large part of our mission at Perry Wellness Center, and nothing delights us more than the opportunity to provide a learning experience for young people.


Recently, we were delighted to host a youth group from the First United Methodist Church here in Americus. The Grow-Learn-Serve group, led by retired Sumter County school principle Valier Duff, visited our center to learn more about gardening and to tour our campus.

Phyllis Bleckley, our market manager, provided a tour of the campus, including a visit to Rudy's Happy Patch Market and Hope Park. The children also visited an area filled with bright sunflowers, along with ceramic bird feeders and water saucers.

In response to questions, Miss Phyllis explained to the group, "These sunflowers were not planted by our peers. They were planted by God and by birds which fly here for food and water.

Although it was a hot morning, the young people seemed to really enjoy the tour, and even learned a bit about gardening techniques. After their tour, they said their goodbyes after being given Georgia peaches and freshly baked cookies.

Thanks to the Grow-Learn-Serve group for an enjoyable visit!

In the photo above, Valier Duff, left, and Phyllis Bleckley, right give a tour of the sunflower garden to Methodist youth group members.

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