Most Pure Heart of Mary has struggled with enrollment and community support as an urban Catholic School in downtown Mobile. A neglected parking lot was little more than an eyesore when Sister Joanne Cozzi of the Daughters of Charity reached out with the dream of a space children could enjoy outdoors.
The JubileeScape team got to work. We installed sod, trees and wrought iron benches to create a prayer garden and gathering space. A handsome fence was added to secure the area and create a sense of place. Next, we built raised vegetable beds and led 4th and 5th graders in the wonder of planting and watching their garden grow. Lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, squash and more were planted along with bright colorful zinnias and sunflowers. The children learned about soil chemistry and PH balance, spacing, fertilizer, proper watering and weed control. Most of all – their eyes grew along with their crop for many who had never seen fresh produce anywhere but a grocery bin.
The spring harvest was a true celebration, with veggies donated to a local homeless program.
“We wanted to do something the children could be involved in and could learn from the experience. It gave the children a chance to know that they are helping others. That’s so much of our philosophy here, and JubileeScape gave us a way to make that goal come true.”
Sr. Joanne Cozzi – Daughters of Charity/ Most Pure Heart of Mary School – Mobile, AL