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There may be some purple prose, for which I will absolutely not apologize for.
Several years ago a wonderful teenager came into our lives at the Arboretum, volunteering on Saturdays with me.
In the few years of volunteering she formed bonds with other high schoolers from completely different schools and it has been amazing to watch their friendships form and grow.
This past spring she spoke at our fundraiser, ART in the Garden. I will quote her here:
At Reeves-Reed Arboretum, volunteers are essential to our mission and they are one of the greatest strengths of our organization. Volunteers provide necessary support in the gardens and make special events and festivals possible. Our diverse volunteer pool includes students, retirees, avid gardeners, schools, teachers, nature lovers, and corporate groups. Some volunteer for a few hours, and some volunteer on a regular basis.
Since 1782, the Bald Eagle has been the national bird – a symbol of courage and freedom. It was placed on the Great Seal of the United States to stand for strength, power, and peace. Even before European settlers arrived, the Bald Eagle was regarded as “the chief of birds” by Native Americans. And yet, although it holds such a special place in our nation’s heart, many of us remember a time when we almost lost this amazing animal forever.