There was laughter, dirt and a whole lot of fun at the Hillsboro Community Child Development Center when education students from Lincoln Land Community College stopped by for a visit.
Seven education students in Dr. Taiebeh Hosseinali's class visited the daycare center on Tuesday morning, April 16, to plant flowers and read books about gardens.
Student Quintin Passariello of Hillsboro said the community service project was part of the class, and that students raised $300 through a GoFundMe campaign. With the money, they purchased topsoil, flower and vegetable plants, tools and even books about gardening that they donated to the daycare.
Upon arrival, the Lincoln Land Community College students weeded the garden boxes and prepared them for planting.
In addition to Passariello, other students helping included Emily Yates, Wanda Turley, Ashley Bayless, Lisa Matthias, Jake Bennett and Zach McVey.
Before they started planting, Matthias read Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn to the young children. Several other stories about plants and gardening were also donated to the center.
After the story, children were split into groups, and each one had the chance to dig in the dirt and plant flowers and seeds, which they will be able to watch grow all spring and summer.