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Hewell of S.T.A.R.S. program addresses Blue Bonnet Club




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Guest speaker for the April business meeting of the Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club was Johnny Hewell from the S.T.A.R.S. Program at the Floresville Alternative Center in Floresville.

The S.T.A.R.S. Program originated eight years ago with a grant written by Raymond and Anne Conn from Texas Service Learning in the amount of $40,000. This program was initiated for the purpose of community service and an after-school program for students at the Floresville Alternative Education Center. Additional grants of more than $300,000 were acquired through Texas Service Learning and State Farm Insurance which allowed for the building of greenhouses and their facilities to house plants and flowers. Fifty percent of the flowers and plants are grown on-site and a Garden Day is held each year on the first Saturday in March.

Mr. Hewell and his students have been involved in beautifying through raised beds and vegetable gardens at Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, the Senior Citizen Housing in Stockdale, and the Sarah Bain Chandler Public Library in Stockdale, to name a few.

Mr. Hewell’s speech was informative and all club members received a gazania plant to take home and enjoy.

Charlin Akin served as program chairman for the April meeting.
 

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