If you haven’t heard about our Cobblestone BHS club and the amazing things they did last year through 30 Days for Change, you are missing out! We love the students at Bentonville High School! Their hearts for our community and helping those in need inspires all the work that we do through Cobblestone Proejct . We kicked off the school year with a meeting about ways to get involved this semester and to prepare for next semesters 30 Days for Change. A few of the students signed up for Laundry Love last week, and we can’t wait to share their experience. Through the Cobblestone BHS club, we continue to engage students to inspire new ideas and new approaches to community needs.
Abby Louang- “It was so wonderful to hear what people had to say. Their stories help me understand more about the value of life and money. They told us about all the hard work they have done to survive and troubles.”
MJ Cordero- “The lady I met tonight had quite a story to tell. She was the oldest ‘healthy’ daughter of 10 kids. Her oldest sister had polio as a child. She lived on a farm and hard work had been all she had known her entire life. She married at the age of 19. Today she was in Missouri taking care of her feeble 89 year old mother-in-law. She is very strong in her faith. Her son was in a car accident were his aorta was severed from his heart. As he had surgery, he said that Jesus spoke to him and told him that everything was going to be okay, but life was going to be different. He recovered like that, and is a paraplegic. Her sister’s daughter had violent self-harm attacks filled with thrashing and screaming. Her sister was told to put the phone up to her daughter’s ear and listen to monks pray for her. The next night the daughter said that the demon inside of her was gone and Jesus took over. She taught me to really appreciate what I have and that something that will always be there for me is my faith.”
We were blown away by the response we received from these students! They are already signing up for next months events, and getting excited about 30 Days for Change next semester. Thanks to all who participated, and a big thanks to Scott Herron, our student advisor and teacher to the club.
For more information on this initiative email us!
April was a whirlwind of a month, and we loved every minute of it!
The students at Bentonville High School who participated in “30 Days 4 Change” did an amazing job.
With the help of Scott Herron, Teacher and Student Advisor, the groups were able to accomplish a tremendous amount for local organizations.
We are excited to announce that winner of the first ever 30 Days for Change & a grant of $1,000 is….LifeSource International.
Congratulations to the student group who made this possible- Kelly Xia, Emily Sellers and Shelby Thompson.
Thanks to Kevin Fitzpatrick, Corrie Rusch, Kim Garret, and Mary Ley for sitting on the judges panel. We are grateful for their commitment to Cobblestone BHS, and caring about the needs of our community. Their participation in this initiative only validated what the students campaigns.
Mary Ley the Executive Director of Communication/PR & Community Partnerships for Bentonville Public Schools, said she had an incredible experience and loved what the students were able to learn. “After yesterday, I went home on top of the world thinking of what wonderful kids, teachers, and community we live in.”
With the judges expertise and deep roots in our community, they helped make the decision to name LifeSource the winners.
The judging criteria was based on; impact, sustainability, creativity and social innovation.
They felt that the LifeSource group went above and beyond on all of these areas, and created a model that will continue for years to come. They constructed and built 4 raised garden beds on the property of LifeSource Int. Fresh produce is something that will benefit their food pantry and provide healthy meals to the under-resourced in our community.
All of the students did a wonderful job, and choosing a winner was not an easy task. Here is a recap of all the groups accomplished during 30 Days for Change:
99 Balloons: Led by Elliott Miller, Caroline Fox, Courtney Cassin, and Marissa Spear raised over $700 to send medical equipment to an orphanage in Ukraine. They also participated in a monthly volunteer opportunity, and raised awareness of rEcess at BHS.
7Hills: Led by Sarah Newton, Haley Hogue, Myles Markey, Erin Mertes, and Ellen Mertes. Over $1,000 was raised by this group to help the initiatives at 7 Hills. They sold bracelets to local neighborhoods and shared the mission behind 7 Hills.
Saving Grace: Led by Morgan Drish, Hannah Amerson, Morgan Jones, Lindsey Martin, and Demi Moore. The students were able to help spread the word about Saving Grace. They took student polls, handed out brochures, and promoted the services Saving Grace provides. They improved their social media campaign and helped create new marketing materials for the organization.
The groups not only met needs of local organizations, they were able to learn about our community as well. We know that students like these are our future. They can change not only Northwest Arkansas, but the world.
We were honored to partner with them on this journey and we are looking forward to next year. If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved- email us here.
For many of us our senior year of high school is all about planning a senior trip, getting your senior photos taken, no longer worrying about our ACT score and anticipating the exciting future on the horizon.
For others, their senior year is full of worries and stresses, usually things that young adults shouldn’t have on their shoulders.
Help-Portrait NWA longs to assist the latter group with the gift of photography by giving them a glimmer of hope and self worth through photos.
On April 28, Help-Portrait NWA had the privilege of working with several high school students. With 2 locations set up in NWA we photographed 20 students and hopefully restored a sense hope and even if just for that day allowed the students to be free of whatever worries they have. It was a wonderful day and as Austin Waters summed it up “It was narly!”
I saw students that day that probably did not think having senior photos was even possible…Help-Portrait NWA made it possible! Not only were photos taken and smiles shared, but these students touched our hearts as we hopefully did theirs.
As we wrapped up the event on April 28, I was left astonished once again at the thought that while all of our volunteers gave such a wonderful gift to our students, the students had also given us a gift! A powerful lesson of love, humility and graciousness is there for all to learn who participate.
Help-Portrait is not just about photos…It’s about hope. It is about showing people that good is still out there and people do care. Everyone is worth loving and being loved…that is what Help-Portrait is to me. I am not a photographer or editor but I am a person and I do have love…and that I can and will give.
Help-Portrait NWA has a spot for everyone, if you want to help give people hope and build their confidence we have a spot for you!
It’s hard to believe it, but we are finally harvesting and distributing food from The Farm!!!
We’ve come a long way this season & have a long way to go, but we have finally begun to see the literal fruit of our community’s labor.
We are so thankful and so proud of everyone who has made this possible.
You have all made this happen and it is because of all of those who have spent countless hours at The Farm that we can celebrate Harvest time is finally here!
Our Amazing Community
We are super thankful for everyone that joined us this week at The Farm for Harvest, planting, maintenance and the 1,000 other things we needed to accomplish.
We are especially thankful for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership group who brought over 60 students out to The Farm last weekend. They accomplished so much for us and truly moved the needle on our work to date at The Farm.
They planted, helped with harvest, planted 150 pounds of sweet potatoes, and made our lives at The Farm a whole lot easier. Thank you amazing people!
We are also always thankful for our littlest Farmers who help show us that life isn’t always about what we accomplish, but more about who we are and just being present.
A whole lot happening this part of the year at The Farm. We were able to plant 150 blueberry plants which will produce a whole lot of fruit next season, but the blackberries are coming in very strong and we should have those to share in another couple of weeks.
We also wanted to share quick video on how our produce processing work. There’s a whole lot of work that goes on outside of most people’s view, but we want you to know that we are taking all the necessary steps.
Additionally, we were able to plant 150 pounds of sweet potatoes and we have a whole lot of green tomatoes. Broccoli slowed down a little because of the heat this past week, but we should be ready soon. The onions and salad greens are doing great. Unfortunately, we had bug issues with the squash. Fortunately, it was early enough to reset those and work towards a great crop for rest of season.
Project 7 Blueberries
We had the privilege of planting the 150 blueberry plants this past Saturday that we received as a part of Project 7′s Save The Earth Campaign during Earth Day. These blueberries will provide a great source of incredibly healthy food to our hunger relief efforts next year, so we are extremely thankful to our friends at Project 7 for their investment into the vision of The Farm. And thanks to all of those who participated in their campaign, it’s fun to see the direct impact to our community based on your efforts.
Harvest Share Members
This week we distributed our first food from The Farm to our Harvest Share subscribers & so far it seems the results are great. We’ve heard lots of stories of yummy meals & excitement to know where their food has come from.
Special thanks to our incredible Farmer’s Market team this week that was run by Jeff Melton, Anita Rausch and Mark Casey. Huge thanks to Hannah at The Farm for making things go as smoothly as they could.
Everyone should have received their weekly update by now, but if you haven’t please let us know at TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org.
The “30 days 4 Change” student groups from Bentonville High School have been hard at work with their local nonprofit partners (Samaritan Community Center, 99 Balloons, Life Source, Saving Grace, and 7 Hills)!
The group partnered with SAMCC is planning a can food drive to stock the food pantry at the center. They will be hosting it through Bentonville High School, and local Bentonville Neighborhoods. The Rogers Samaritan Center serves 100-150 families/week through their food pantry, and are in need of canned goods.
99 Balloons helps others engage children with special needs along with their families, locally and globally. The BHS student group is volunteering with rEcess, and raising funds to send equipment to children to Ukraine.
Life Source International and the BHS Students are building raised garden beds on location at LifeSource. LifeSource desires to help families in need in Northwest Arkansas, and will be able to provide good, healthy options through raised garden beds.
The Saving Grace Group has planned to help with new marketing materials, and promotion for their Butterflies & Blooms Event. The students are also polling those in their school to collect data for Saving Grace, as they plan for a new campaign.
The 7 Hills team will be hosting an event to raise awareness about homelessness in NWA. The group plans to spend the night outside to raise awareness and money for 7 Hills.
This is the full last week for the students participating in 30 Days for Change, and there is still plenty to be done.
Our next in school meeting will be April 26th, followed by the finale day on April 30th. The judges panel will take place on May 7th and the winners will be announced that night.
Don’t forget to check back to see the latest updates,pictures and stories.
2 million trees that will combat deforestation, fight erosion, provide oxygen, add moisture to the air, and provide food for families.
The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!
This week for every new “like” on Project 7′s Facebook page and every new follower on Project 7′s Twitter account, they will donate additional funds to one of their “Save the Earth” partners and plant more trees.
The great news is that some of those fruit “trees” will be donated to the Cobblestone Project Farm in Fayetteville to help in our Northwest Arkansas Community!
Project 7 will be providing approximately 150 blueberry bushes or two 300 foot rows of blueberries to The Farm. That’s a whole lot of blueberries!!!
These blueberries will provide much needed fruit that will be directed towards feeding families at risk for food insecurity in our community for years to come.
And as an added bonus, blueberries have many nutritional benefits that include being packed with Vitamin C, high in dietary fiber, and leading fruit in antioxidant.
How You Can Help
We will be working with Project 7 over the next few weeks to plant those blueberry bushes at The Farm, so there are also opportunities to come out to The Farm to help put them in the ground (more info coming).
You can also share this with your friends with a simple post like…
Twitter: In honor of #EarthDay, @Project7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter follower & facebook like. Let’s #SaveTheEarth!
Facebook: Our friends at Project 7 will plant a tree back into the earth for every new twitter “follower” and Facebook “like.” Go like and share!
Project 7 exists to do good around the globe. They make everyday products like bottled water, gum, mints and coffee that give back to seven areas of good.
Check them out at Project7.com.
Wednesday March 14, 2012 – Wednesday March 14, 2012
Fellowship Bible Church NWA
The Cobblestone Project & People of the Second Chance invite you to gather for an evening that promises to radically transform your understanding of grace and second chances. Please plan on joining us on Wed, March 14th at 6pm as we gather as a community and raise a banner of grace.
We are lucky to have Mike Foster as the keynote speaker for Present in the City: Grace. Mike is a speaker, author, and consultant helping people live and tell a better story. Mike is the Co-founder of “People of the Second Chance” a radical grace movement made up of activists, artists and imperfectionists. He serves on the Executive Team of PlainJoe Studios and is the author of “Gracenomics: Unleash The Power of Second Chance Living” He lives in Southern California with his beautiful bride and his 2 young children.
People of the Second Chance
People of the Second Chance is a global community of activists, imperfectionists and second chancers committed to unleashing radical grace everyday, in every moment, for everyone. We challenge the common misconceptions about failure and success and stand with those who have hit rock bottom in their personal and professional lives. We are a community that is committed to stretch ourselves in the areas of relational forgiveness, personal transparency and advocate for mercy over judgment.for more information, please contact email@example.com
We are so thankful to Mrs. Creekmore’s 1st Grade at R.E. Baker Elementary Class for their amazing Valentine’s Day Laundry Love donation. Together these amazing 1st Grader’s gathered laundry detergent & quarters to donate to help the Laundry Love efforts all over Northwest Arkansas. In total, their efforts will help over 20 families with clean clothes and a warm smile.
Their actions are a testament to the power of everyone to make a difference in serving your community however young or old you may be.
Through the simple sharing of a story these 1st graders joined some many others in our community who are giving of their time, energy & resources to make Laundry Love a place of relief, respect and compassion.
If you would like more information on how you can get involved with Laundry Love in Northwest Arkansas, please visit our Laundry Love initiative page or email LLP@CobblestoneProject.org
For those who don’t have the opportunity to work directly with teenagers it might be hard to understand where they are coming from. They might seem a little odd to most adults, as they have their particular set of interests and ideas about the world. Most of them might seem silly, or rude, or awkward to many outside of their culture but after 9 years of teaching and 3 years of youth ministry this seemingly different group never ceases to surprise me. Maybe they are hard to understand as we (adults) see them but at every turn there are some that are every bit as excited about making a difference in the world, bringing dignity to their fellow humans, and fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves, as we think that we (adults) are.
Putting feet to their desire to serve their community set in motion the establishment of BHS Cobblestone Project. After sharing with some students the driving force and mission of Cobblestone Project and mentioning to them that there might be a chance for a club to form and then work with local NPOs they didn’t hesitate. To borrow language from Cobblestone project and having adapted it to fit BHS Cobblestone Project our mission statement is as follows: Our purpose is drawn from the belief that every person has a unique and immeasurable value because of our shared human story. It is this story that is defined by a movement towards the renewal and restoration of the image that all people were created for a purpose. Every human heart deserves dignity, respect and the opportunity to fully realize this purpose.
The strategy to take these ideas and turn them into action will be approached by 1) Identifying Issues of Justice & Mercy, 2) Connecting Needs with Willing Resources and 3) Fulfilling Needs with Sustainable Solutions.
Among other things we will be doing an annual coat/shoe drive, participating in regular initiatives from Cobblestone Project as well as conducting a school wide imitative in the Spring called “30 days for change” (more info coming).
The students are fired up! Every meeting I seem to see new faces and on a weekly basis encounter fellow staff members or parents who are increasingly interested in what we are doing. We have been interviewed in a High School sports talk magazine, broadcasted by our student newscast in the daily morning announcements (reaching approximately 4000 people every morning) and approached by the Executive Director of community relationships and PR for the Bentonville Schools.
It’s been a fast and encouraging journey so far. The “30 days for change” initiative has sparked a lot of interest with students this spring as we have almost 40 participants signed up to work with now 7 local non-profits. I am inspired by the energy, passion and desire in the students at Bentonville High School to improve the local community of NWA. The students in the club come from all types of lifestyles and personal beliefs but see a common goal as more important than self-promoting and are willing to put aside their busy schedules to be a blessing to their community and without question their teacher and club sponsor. I am very thankful to Cobblestone Project and their willingness to partner with Bentonville High school as well as the principal of BHS, Kim Garrett for her continued support of our student body and their desire to be creative and active in their communities and am excited about what the future holds.
- Scott Herron (@scaherron), BHS Teacher
While things may not be growing right now at The Farm, there is a lot of work that has to be done so that we can hit the ground running in the spring. Believe it or not, we’ll start putting seeds in the ground in just over another month. So, huge thank you to all of those who have come out to The Farm to help us prepare for spring…
Our friends from Walmart PMDC in Bentonville have truly given countless hours over the past year, and we are thankful for their help (especially on a below freezing day this past week).
Spring Prep Volunteer Saturday
Thankful for so many who helped us on our last open Spring Prep volunteer day. It’s people in our community who truly make The Farm vision come alive, and we are truly thankful for families just like the Coleman family for spending the day with us.
The Farm Weekly Update
For a list of our next volunteer opportunities, please visit the events schedule or send an email to TheFarm@CobblestoneProject.org. You can also follow along with our story via Facebook.com/CSProjectFarm or Twitter.com/CSProjectFarm.