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Gray skies didn't dampen M.A.G.I.C.A.L. groundbreaking
Despite cloudy skies, scores of people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) project in New Bern last month.

Garden groundbreaking in New BernDuring the ceremony, a number of key community partners were recognized, including the Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc., which awarded Monarch $30,000 for the project, Craven County Health Department, N.C. State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, the Small Business Center at Craven Community College, Eagle Scout Thomas Hullander, and architect John Lucas, who designed the garden blueprints. Other contributors include CarolinaEast Foundation and CarolinaEast Health System, the North Carolina Community Foundation, Don and Sue Haines, the New Bern Woman’s Club, Guy C. Lee Building Materials and numerous other private and in-kind contributors. Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator at Monarch, facilitated the well-attended event.

Monarch recently received another $2,000 grant from the Craven County Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, to help further develop the M.A.G.I.C.A.L. project. Funding from both awards will be used to enhance the community-wide garden project, which was designed to provide a place for people to gather and learn about sustainable gardening while reaping the benefits from expanded access to locally grown healthy food. The initiative was also developed to enhance public engagement and to build community.

Region 6- Monarch volunteers at Hertford Grammar SchoolMonarch volunters help teachers prepare for new school year
People supported by Monarch’s River City Achievement Club and Perquimans County Home volunteered their time to help Perquimans County teacher Catherine Tillett prepare for the new school year.

Monarch volunteers Jane Swindell and Larry Lane (both left) helped Mrs. Tillett set up her classroom by hanging posters, cutting out items for the classroom bulletin board, and others duties to help her get ready for her students’ new school year at Hertford Grammar School.

Renate Macchirole
, community inclusion specialist, was appointed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners to serve a four-year term on the Older Adult Services Advisory Council. Officials confirmed that Macchirole, whose nomination earned a unanimous vote from commissioners, was selected for her prominent and diligent role working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Zach CommanderZach Commander (right) is finally going over the edge. No, not the way you think. One of Monarch’s popular and well-liked ambassadors in Elizabeth City and a Special Olympics Athlete Global Messenger, Zach Commander, will rappel down the Wells Fargo Capital Center building in Raleigh during the Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) “Over the Edge” event to raise money. “Of course I’m nervous, but I’ve faced bigger challenges in my life,” Zach said. This is SONC’s largest annual fundraiser. To find out more about Zach and his quest to descend down the side of the 30-story, glass and granite Class A building located in the Central Business District of downtown Raleigh, visit his event webpage:

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