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The Local Take Talks Summer Resources for Kids with Mary Parker

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This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), I’m speaking with Mary Parker about her foundation providing resources and information about summer programs for children in our community.  Ms. Parker is the founder of All-In-One Security, and she realized that some of her employees were single mothers who needed resources for the children in the summertime.  

She began with 37 kids and has now worked with over 400 young people.  The Junction2800, located at 2800 Campbellton Road, is a 30,000 square foot facility where three urban garden beds teach young people how to grow vegetables. After tending to and growing the vegetables, the children then learn how to sell them to local stores in their community.  

The children learn to feed their community and how entrepreneurship works. Parker speaks about growing up the oldest of 9 children and how they could raise enough food from vegetable gardens to provide their community.

The Junction2800 allows children to have an opportunity to be outside and physically working and learning.

This wholistic program has provided scholarships and more for the participants.

For more information on the Mary Parker Foundation

For more information on the Junction2800