Summer camp kids participate in community-wide volunteerism

Each year on June 21st, United Way brings communities together to harness the volunteer spirit, and today in Wapello County even the kids got involved.

As an extension of United Way of Wapello County's Community Garden Project, kids ages 5-11 from the Summer Safari Day Camp at the Ottumwa YMCA got their hands dirty laying a garden bed, planting seeds and learning about gardening. Staff from United Way showed the kids how gardening is a way grow and eat fresh produce at a low cost.

â??Their summer safari kids are helping us plant some vegetables in an elevated bed and a pallet garden,â?? Ali Wilson, of United Way said, â??And then they're gonna learn throughout the summer about tending a garden and growing food, and then food of course will be incorporated into their feeding site here at the Y.

The kids also learned the importance of teamwork and helping others in the community.