Girl Scout dedicates Magic Wings Garden at HCC
Haywood County Girl Scout Maritza Piña completed a Girl Scout Gold Award project at Haywood Community College, with a dedication for the Magic Wings Garden. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. The completion of the Magic Wings Garden, a butterfly garden located at the college’s Regional Center for the Advancement of Children (RCAC), was a collaborative effort of Piña, the community, and various departments at HCC.
Piña’s work included research and consulting with Tim Matthews of the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Haywood County, Haywood County Master Gardener Jean White, HCC Arboretum/Grounds Coordinator Alan Morrow, and representatives at the HCC RCAC. Piña wanted her project to teach children about butterflies and reconnect them with nature. She observed children in a pre-kindergarden classroom before developing a curriculum for them to learn about the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies.
Students at HCC’s RCAC observed the transformation in their classroom and once the butterflies were ready, they were released in a garden at the center that Piña helped design and prepare complete with perennials that will draw butterflies for years to come. As a bonus, Piña designed a sign and learned each step of crafting the sign in HCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining program at the Regional High Technology Center.
Piña is a student at Pisgah High School.