Youth Focus — Mercy Academy students create scarecrows

Maddie Schulte, left, dressed a scarecrow while Jada Young and Emmalea Warren looked on. A group of about 30 students made two scarecrows which were delivered to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens to help keep birds away from newly planted seeds and growing crops. The students used a block of time called “wellness time” during the school day to do their work. Wellness time was introduced this year as a way to give students a break to go outdoors and an opportunity for high-touch areas in the building to be cleaned during the day. (Photo Special to The Record)

Kali Williamson, a freshman at Mercy Academy above, painted a face for a scarecrow that students made for Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in October. (Photo Special to The Record)

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