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No summer brain drain for students in one Region 8 city

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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

School may be out but students in Blytheville have been hard at work all summer.

They're having fun in and outside of the classroom through the Daddy’s Diamonds Youth Enrichment Arts and Horticulture Summer Program (Y.E.A.H).

Daddy’s Diamonds is a non-profit organization that aims to mentor young girls.

About 20 mentors work with young girls in grades 3-12, covering several topics such as self-worth, sex and date rape, dressing for success, public speaking, etiquette, and more.

This summer, teen mentors have been meeting with kids Monday through Friday, working with them on math, literacy, and art, and have also taken the kids on weekly field trips to area parks, pools, and the bowling alley.

Y.E.A.H. is also working with the Word of Truth Ministries feeding program to make sure the kids are eating at least one healthy meal a day.

One of their biggest projects they’ve worked on this summer is tending to the community garden in Blytheville.

The kids have worked with Mississippi County Master Gardener Dedric Davis and other master gardeners in Blytheville learning how to identify different types of seeds used in the garden, the benefits of growing your own food, and more.

Now, they’re starting to see the fruits their labor, picking the vegetables they’ve grown.

Davis said the goal is to grow enough food to feed 1,500 people in the county.

Daddy’s Diamonds will begin their weekly sessions on September 6 at 5 p.m.

Those sessions will be held in the Dream Center located at 119 S. 2nd Street in Blytheville.

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