On Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Express will work with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, City Year Detroit and The Greening of Detroit to plant an urban garden designed to expose Osborn High School students and the community to international and locally-grown foods.
Volunteers will also build benches, a rain-catching gazebo and decorate flower pots to create a welcoming space surrounding the garden. Students will continue to care for the garden throughout the school year and the community will benefit from the foods harvested.
Following the garden planting, Chef Edward Bailey, executive chef of Andiamo Detroit and 1998 Osborn alum, will provide a cooking demo for students.
American Express and Delta employees will work hand-in-hand with students, parents, teachers and community members on each project element. The spring gardening event is the third in a series of “Travel with Your Mind” volunteer events that kicked off in fall 2009. The “Travel with Your Mind” program was designed to help revitalize a local school through a series of transformational projects and multi-cultural initiatives. The projects have all been travel-themed and aim to expose students to the new possibilities travel creates without leaving their own backyard.
*Note: Due to the possibility of Osborn closing in the fall, the urban garden will be planted between Osborn and Brenda Scott Middle School, where the students will be placed at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.
Volunteers interested in participating should register at http://volunteer.united-e-way.org/uwsem/volunteer/. Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age and be accompanied by a parent.
Volunteers will meet at Brenda Scott Middle School located at 18440 Hoover in Detroit.