On Friday March 25, 2011, the Jeannette Lawson Family Center decided to do their part in cleaning up Red River Parish and going green. The classes gave their front yard a fresh new look. Assistant Extension Agent Mrs. Cindy Smith from the Red River LSU AgCenter Office showed the youngsters the proper way to plan and plant a butterfly garden. The students and class teachers planted flowering bushes, a variety of small flowers and added birdfeeders to attract butterflies and birds to areas outside their classes. The students' favorite part of the project was adding a wind chime with a butterfly design that they can enjoy along with the birds.
In front of the building the children planted elephant ear plants. Not wanting to leave the front porch entrance bare, the children filled potting barrels with wonderful colored flowers and added ferns to the overhangs. The students are enjoying taking turns watering the garden, filling the birdfeeders and watching for butterflies.
The Family Center would like to say a special thanks to Mrs. Cindy for her help and Mr. Ben Taylor and his crew for tilling up the gardening area. The youth enjoyed watching the tillers as much as planting the garden!