Lions pass on life skills to young mentees

Published 5:00am 11 February 2022

Lions pass on life skills to young mentees
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Members of the North Lakes Lions Club have passed on a number of important life skills to the next generation while mentoring a group of primary school students.

The men taught a group of boys in Year 4 and 2 at Mango Hill State School how to build and care for a garden bed as part of a mentoring program last year.

North Lakes Lion Alan Brown said he found the experience “very rewarding”.

“We enjoyed going down to the school and meeting the boys and teaching them some valuable skills,” he said.

“All the boys worked together. The older boys helped the younger boys, which was great to see.

“It wasn’t only the boys that got a lot out of this, but we did to. It was very rewarding.”

Members from the Lions club visited over a number of weeks to work on the project.

“The school bought the soil and the plants and later on I bought in some compost and told them all about it and how it worked,” Mr Brown said.

“A roster was even made for the boys to come in every second day and do the watering.”

A job well done

Mr Brown said the boys were proud of what they had accomplished.

“There was one time when we were still working when the bell went for their little lunch, and we asked them if they wanted to go but they all wanted to stay and finish,” he said.

“The boys were really proud of what they had achieved and were even bringing their friends up to show them what they had done.”

All the boys received a Lions Paw badge to keep for a job well done.

“The boys were putting the pins on their backpacks and on their hats. They loved it,” Mr Brown said.

The club is hoping to become involved in more projects with the school throughout the year.

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