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Women in recovery help grow RCHS learning garden

Residents of the Rockdale House for Women, a recovery program for women struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse, partnered with Rockdale County High School environmental science teachers Dr. Martha Fernicola and Doug Genge to plant the first of a several learning gardens for the yearlong project. Students constructed four boxes out of wood donated by Still Lumber and will tend to plants donated by the House.

Fernicola stopped by the house after seeing all the plants for sale outside, intending to buy a few.

"Well that didn’t happen. They just started giving me stuff. I had four truckloads by the time I finished."

"Anything we can do to help others," said Kathy Sturgis. "We receive so much help."

Fernicola said the class is still seeking donations of trees and other materials for the garden.

For more information, call 770-483-8754 x185.

The House for Women will hold a yard sale the weekend in September