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Awards in bloom

Auburn Garden Club presents grants, scholarships
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The Auburn Garden Club continued its tradition of community service by awarding scholarships to local students and grants to area projects at the club’s annual awards and installation luncheon held recently. Four Placer High School graduates each received a $1,000 scholarship — Katy Classon, now attending Cal Poly where she is studying agribusiness; Madison Lyon, who plans to attend Sierra College to begin a major in agribusiness; Kelsey McGrath, who will attend Humboldt State to study forestry; and Ariel Thomson, who is headed for U.C .Berkeley to major in conservation and resource policy. Funding for the Garden Club’s scholarship program comes from the profits of the annual plant sale held in April. The club also continues its support of the Placer Nature Center and Placer High School’s Agriculture Department and Future Farmers of America. Placer Nature Center’s “Footsteps to Summer Fun and Family Day Gardening” program received a grant to continue its outreach and educational program. Gail Mackenroth, Placer Nature Center board member, was on hand to receive a check for $750. Placer High School’s “Project Greenhouse” won a $5,000 grant to continue the expansion of the horticulture facility. Shannon Spears-Browning, agricultural science instructor and a driving force behind the project, attended the luncheon to accept the check.