Nothing gives joy like smiles on young children's faces who just days earlier had been crying over the closing of their neighborhood school. On June 3 a group of forty adults and more than ten children came together to create a new space in Cedar Rapids -- a new space that will help foster community, education and activity in the Moundview neighborhood. Matthew 25, along with the Moundview Neighborhood Association, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, and Coe College, created a community garden on an empty lot next to the neighborhood fire station located at 1424 B Ave NE.
Educational activities developed through a variety of partnerships Matthew 25 is developing will be held at the garden. Eventually the garden will be looped into the alternative educational services offered at Polk. Struggling, sometimes forgotten, students will be given a hands-on tool for learning. Matthew 25 will assist with the management of all of this, with the help of the neighborhood association.
Keep your eyes open for other exciting gardens in the future. Also check out the Matthew 25 Urban Farm located between 400-500 F and G Avenues NW, the place making all these other exciting activities possible.