Mercer’s diverse group of volunteers bloom when planted in the right place with the attention they need to grow and thrive. For years, Mercer has welcomed a different species of volunteer, botanically known as “studentaei internus,” but more commonly known as the student intern or student volunteer.
Mercer’s diverse group of volunteers bloom when planted in the right place with the attention they need to grow and thrive. For years, Mercer has welcomed a different species of volunteer, botanically known as “studentaei internus,” but more commonly known as the student intern or student volunteer. Kayla House is a senior at Quest Early College High School who volunteered 40 hours at Mercer this spring.
She learned some of the basics about botanic gardens, volunteer programs, and nonprofit organizations. Kayla spent her Fridays learning how to input volunteer and donor information into Mercer’s databases; how to collect, clean, and package seeds; how to properly plant various types of garden specimens, and much more. She even contributed an article to this issue of The Leaflet. Kayla’s connection to Mercer goes back to her elementary school years.
“I remember coming here with my third grade class. To me, it was one of the most beautiful things that I’d ever seen.” Fast-forward eight years to find Kayla volunteering with fellow high school students at Mercer for a day of community service. “It was then I decided to pursue a Mercer internship. They offer more hands-on opportunities to get outdoors!” With a goal of becoming a medical missionary surgeon, Kayla knew on her first day that Mercer was the perfect fit for her personality and interests. “I took a garden tour and learned more about indigenous plants in my first few hours than I learned during my freshman year biology class! Combined with my love for people, Mercer has been an ideal fit. I bloomed where I was planted!”
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