Pilot Project Grants

Lang Professor Giovanna Di Chiro, Swarthmore students and members of the community pose for a picture at the Serenity Garden.
As the culminating activity of a community-based learning course, Sustainable Community Action, the class hosted two events to introduce the Serenity House garden to the broader community and, for those who were involved in creating the space, to celebrate their joint accomplishment. In addition to providing food and beverages, the class and community members engaged in a family-friendly activity of letting each person paint their own little clay pot, which was then filled with soil and a pansy. The goal of this event was to invite the community into this space of healing, shared vision and shared striving towards a common goal—building the community through the common goal of making a beautiful and productive meeting space. This Swarthmore Foundation grant was used for the purchase of equipment and refreshments.