Madison Ellis Clark
Honors English IV
Peggy T. Johnson
May 20, 2014
Reflective Essay for Senior Service Learning Project
For my project my classmate, Marie, and I worked together to beautify a part of the school. We chose to focus on the small nook near the English trailers and the art room. Here we found bushes being choked by vines and weeds, no budding flowers, dead branches, trash, and lots of nasty mulch. We knew we had a lot of work ahead of ourselves and not a lot of time (well, for me anyways!).
Unfortunately I was unable to work to my full potential because I had to watch my siblings after school, leaving me little time to stay after and work on our garden. My mother had just started massage school and had to leave home before six, and Andrea was out of town most weeks from Tuesday to Friday. This left me having to deal with the children. This hindrance made it very difficult to assist my friend in our project and made me fret and worry I wouldn’t be able to get my hours in. Luckily, from time to time I was able to work for an hour before I headed home. Though it wasn’t much time spent on the garden, it was better than not working at all. After my mother finished school, I was able to buckle down and work more hours on the garden. I felt like I was finally doing something and making an impact on our project.
When we started our project I had very little knowledge in gardening, which made me feel quite reserved and kind of useless in the beginning. I started out just picking weeds and moving plants from one side to the other. Progressively I learned how to trim the plants, how to remove roots more efficiently, dig better holes to put plants in, not to care about bugs as much and learned names of plants and flowers that I've never heard of before. This is all thanks to Marie. She assisted in extending my knowledge and helping guide me to improve my plant caring skills.
At the start, I felt that taking care of the garden would be tedious,...
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