In the spring of 2012, Kent Mason had an idea. He wanted to use his skills and passions to help at the local school. The school had mentioned the idea of a garden and some grant money to work on a “green project.” When Kent heard this was an option, he knew where he was going to serve. In fact he even designed the layout of the garden with the plants that were needed. He quickly began contacting local garden clubs, UK, and a few friends. He also helped gather the tools, volunteers, and equipment needed. He arranged for the new dirt and mulch to be delivered. Unfortunately, the week going into the garden project he took a hard fall from a ladder. If you know Kent though, that didn’t stop him from showing up and doing what he could even with a broken jaw.
After the garden was planted, Kent met with a few classes and shared his passion for gardening with them while encouraging them to plant their own flowers.
Behind the scenes for the past two years, Kent and his wife Sarah have been going to the garden at the school on their own time. Together they have spent countless hours planting, digging up weeds, and cleaning up the area he had designed two years ago.
Now in its third year, the garden will be planted and cared for by some of the youngest members of the JME community. Starting in March, Kent will be planting the seeds with the entire first grade. They will begin with seeds in cups to grow inside. Then, when the flowers have grown, he will lead the children in planting their flowers in the larger garden. The young children will also assist Kent in pulling weeds and keeping the garden clean as they learn to care for the garden.
Along with the garden project, Kent does a lot of extra effort things with the children in Uptown. The biggest part comes also in the spring when he helps the Uptown kids plant and grow their own flowers for Mother’s Day. During this time we also help the children see how their faith is like a small seed that continues to grow into what God has planned.
We are always thankful for people like Kent that give of their time willingly to help the children grow closer to Jesus. Thanks Kent for all you do in service and in love!