From a Football Field to Gardening in Erwin, NC | UNC-TV

From a Football Field to Gardening in Erwin, NC | UNC-TV


Kelly Mc: Erwin Elementary School was once
a high school…with a football team, near neighborhoods of families who worked in the
denim industry In 2000, it became cheaper to make denim in Mexico so 800 jobs went there.
{18} Lydia Licary/Teacher, Erwin Elementary – Denim
– Many years ago, we were the denim capital of the world and many years ago our mill closed.
And, since that happened, our community has really suffered economically. {10} Kelly Mc: The old, Erwin High gridiron was
left to host field day but not football. Only rusty goal posts remind the friday night lights
once shown on downtown Erwin. {13} Angela Hill/Principal, Erwin Elementary – Dirt
– I’m sure the old traditional football players from Erwin probably cry a little when they
walk by. Their memories are gone. {7} {TRT: :48} NAT SOUND – Kelly Mc: Students are BACK but Friday Night
Lights aren’t necessary. Sunlight is. {6} NAT SOUND – Kelly Mc: And seeds. {2} NAT SOUND – Kelly Mc: and kids to plant them. {3} NAT SOUND – Kelly Mc: and local school teachers and principals
– all of them parents. They’re also volunteers and examples to children that you can have
fun and make a difference IF you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. {12} {TRT: 1:11} NAT SOUND – Kelly Mc: This is Erwin’s community garden.
Anyone who needs fresh food can pick some – no questions asked. {8} Ashlyn Enloe/Gardener – Jesus Full – It’s
gardening and I’ve never done that in my life and it’s special and I’m glad I’m helping
some people do stuff because I want to help the world and be like God and Jesus. It’s
really special. Kelly Mc: That was very well put! You know,
most people don’t have a garden this large. Ashlyn Enloe – I know. It’s really big. The
reason we have it so big is we really want to help people. {23} {TRT: 1:42} Kelly Mc: The garden first grew in 20-13.
It caught the eye of Lubelia Mannsur. She manages the Garden Center at the local Walmart.
{10} Lubelia Mannsur/Dunn-Erwin Walmart – Loved
– We donated eighty tomato plants, strawberries, seeds; the children just loved it. {8} {TRT:
2:00} Kelly Mc: Tomatoes, squash, strawberries – the
summer staples are on the ground. Weeds are dependable year-round and are offered all-you-can
pick. {9} NAT SOUND – Rhett Pulling Weeds Kelly Mc: Most importantly, the garden is
for Erwin families who might need a hand or can lend one. Sunflowers and pumpkins are
on the way. {9} Daniel Clayton/Gardener – Erwin – The sunflower
seeds, you have to plant less in the hole, but you plant them closer together because
the pumpkins grow really wide. These just go straight up. {9} {TRT: 2:27} NAT SOUND – Kelly McLamb/Teacher – Hungry – {18} {2:45} Ron Avery/Principal, Harnett County Schools
– Soul – I think anytime you can get your hands dirty and learn something too, then
you’ve had a good, hands-on, learning experience and, sometimes, hands-on is the best teacher. Kelly Mc: Is this, is this social studies?
Is this agriculture class? Is this philosophy. What, what lessons do you learn when you take
a student and drop them in a garden? Ron Avery: Well, I come from a farm background
and I’ve always heard that the soil is good for your soul. So, I think that anytime you
can bring kids out here and they’re having a good time and they’re enjoying themselves,
that they’re also learning something. {33} {TRT: 3:18} Kelly Mc: You can say the garden will teach
you something based on your perspective. If times are hard, your neighbors care about
you. If you have something to give, you should give it. If you’re young, think of other people.
Maybe one day the old Erwin High School football field will be remembered for feeding people
as much as entertaining them.

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