BEAU students Christina Acosta, Erin Matson, Leslie Crowther, Robert Morris and Kim Bryner learned some important lessons in communication when they set out to complete a service project for one of their classes.
Initially they considered working with either children, seniors or animals and working on gardening or painting. After some detours in the process, they decided to build garden boxes and have children paint them while they learned about plants and growing food. After some debate about where to accomplish this, they were able to spend some time at the YMCA in Taylorsville.
It wasn’t all easy, though. Challenges for the project included locating additional sources for materials at the last minute, finding and using donated seeds instead of plant starts, searching for location options that would fit within the timeframe, communication problems, and scheduling times to meet up.
When speaking of what they would change, most of the students found that they would work on communication. Erin said she would plant earlier so that plants could establish roots. Leslie said she would talk and interact more on the first day. Kim said she would find more effective methods of group communication. Robert said he would set specific roles and assign a leader of the group. Christina said simply, “Listen to Mark” (the instructor for the course).
In the end, after the challenges, the project was successful. The kids at the YMCA came away with some valuable knowledge and a fun experience. The students working on the project came away with some valuable communication skills for next time.