4-H Blog: Kindness is great in Clay County

By Payton for Clay Today

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – I believe one child can make a difference. I think it’s because I’m a kid and I’m starting to make a difference in my community.

This year I started a new community service project that will allow me to make a lasting mark on my community. If you take a trip to the UF/IFAS Clay County Extension Office, you will find a rock garden full of inspirational quotes and upbeat messages. This rock garden is open to community members who want to leave a rock to spread kindness or grab a rock when they need a pick-me-up.

With the help of other 4-H members, we were able to paint almost 100 rocks for the garden. I worked with County Extension Director Annie Wallau and Clay County Master Gardeners to create my rock garden in my hometown.

During my years in 4-H, I have been able to volunteer with organizations such as Vintage Market Days of Jacksonville, the Clay County Agricultural Fair, Florida Farm Bureau, and the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs. Volunteering has taught me the importance of giving back to my community.

I enjoy working with others and learning new skills that I will use throughout my life. My opportunities to speak publicly and engage with community members have helped me build confidence and achieve my personal goals.

I hope to create more rock gardens in Clay County to spread kindness, inspiration and beauty. These rock gardens can make a difference in someone’s life by improving their attitude and overall mental health. I hope that doing these things in my community will inspire other kids to make a difference.