Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

Ruth Van Erp Children's Alphabet Garden
within the
Tinker Herb Garden

The Rush-Henrietta Community was fortunate to have had Ruth Van Erp as a resident for 30 years. She lived with her family on Hayden Drive and touched the lives of thousands of area people. From 1968 - 1984 she volunteered at Shermen Elementary School. She developed many programs and activities. Her enthusiasm and energy were endless. One year the Children's Day theme wa "Henrietta" and she created a booklet for every student with a variety of information on the town's history, government, etc., presented in dot-to-dots, stories and mazes. Each booklet also had a packet of sunflower seeds so students could keep Henrietta beautiful. Even today at Sherman school you can still see some of the classroom witches she made for each room or enjoy the Spring flowers Ruth helped to plant.

Sherman school was just the beginning of her volunteering. Ruth taught CDC classes for Good Schepherd Church in Henrietta and served on a variety of commities. She was both a brownie and 4-H leader over the years, again using her talents and creativity to bring out the best in youngsters.

Through all of her volunteer activities, she was a role model for others. A Home Economics teacher by profession, she enjoyedcooking and always had fresh delicious baked goods coming out of her oven. She shared her home baked goodies with others by taking refreshments to meetings and providing hospitality at events such as the Youth Hall of Fame program.

Ruth was appointed to the Henrietta Youth Board in the late 70's and served for many years. At the high school she was one of the founding mothers of the Youth to Youth program and the Drug and Alcohol free events held at graduation time. Her arts and talents were admired by all.

After Ruth's passing, her dear friend Gayle Cardot formed a committee to develop the Children's Garden at the Tinker Nature Park. Come to any event at the park and there you will see Gayle manning a booth for the children to create a project, just as Ruth Would of loved. Ruth grew up on a farm in Michigan and most of her crafts were made from natural meterials. She was wonderful with children and was able to look at things through the eyes of a child. The Children's Alphabet Garden at Tinker was chosen as the place for a lasting tribute to Ruth.

L is for Lamb's Ear

M is for Mint! Nic DeVeto taste testing the Apple Mint.

P is for Perskovia "Russian Sage", Pansy and Parsley.

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