Flowers in Bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen
Art House students

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Lady Bird Johnson. Right now, there is great hope in bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Sister Pat Lupo, OSB, along with a group of her students from the Neighborhood Art House recently planted flowers on the 11th Street sidewalk in front of the soup kitchen and food pantry. This is the sixth year that they have done this project.

Each summer, Sister Pat, the Environmental Program Director at the Neighborhood Art House, works with a group of students to weed, plant, and mulch the area, providing beauty for Emmaus guests and all who pass by. Over two weeks, ten students who participate in her Green Team helped to complete the project.

Not only does Sister Pat work with these children to plant flowers, but she also educates them about the importance of greening the earth and participating in community service. She said, “I think the kids like to take responsibility for a piece of their neighborhood, to help beautify it, and to care for the trees. They think trees are very important, and they will even tell you all the things trees do for us.”

Sister Pat was also excited to share Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier’s (LEAF) ReLeaf Initiative. With a goal to plant 275,000 trees in Erie Country, one tree for every person, anyone interested in planting a tree should contact LEAF for more information at (814) 453-LEAF.

Photo: Green Team students are happy to add beauty with flowers!

Preparing to plant
Preparing to plant
Weeding the flower bed
Weeding the flower bed