January 12, 2021
During this time of quarantining and isolation, members of Mayville State University’s Science Club are spreading cheer with nursing home and assisted living residents. The group potted 150 succulents, 80 of which are now bringing some sunshine to the lives of shut-ins. The plants were recently delivered for distribution at the Luther Memorial Home and Sun Center Apartments in Mayville, N.D.
“The May-Port community is a big reason why so many students love Mayville State University,” said Mayville State Science Club adviser Jeff Hovde. “Many community members are supportive of Mayville State students, organizations, and athletics. This past fall, Mayville State Science Club members decided to give back to the community who have continuously supported us in the past.”
Participating in the project were Science Club members Brenden Salander, Argusville, N.D.; Lexi Carpenter, Argusville, N.D.; Baley Cole, Larimore, N.D.; Anna Bradner, Portland, N.D.; Simon Barker, Cooperstown, N.D.; Jaclyn Rindy, Portland, N.D.; Terrel Voth, Clifford, N.D.; and Laura Jacobson, Finley, N.D. Science Club advisers Jeff Hovde, Dr. Michael Kjelland, and Dr. Joseph Mehus helped out as well.
“We hope that the succulents are giving the residents some joy as they start 2021. This gesture is meant to radiate our gratitude for the community’s support for the Mayville State Science Club,” said Hovde.
Top: Worker bees filled pots with soil and succulents with the goal of having small gifts to show their kindness to nursing home residents.
Middle: Science Club member Lexi Carpenter was among the Mayville State students and faculty who potted plants to be shared with nursing home residents.
Bottom: In appreciation for the community’s support, members and advisers of the Mayville State Science Club potted succulents in the university greenhouse, then distributed them to residents of the Luther Memorial Home and Sun Center Apartments.