Butterfly Garden Dedicated to Deora Bodley
Members and guests of the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills can now enjoy the beautiful butterfly garden located just outside the entrance to the club inside the Southern Pines Recreation Center.
The garden was recently dedicated as "Deora's Butterfly Garden," commemorated with a plaque to Deora Bodley. Deora was the 20-year-old granddaughter of Frank Guerra who perished on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., on 9/11.
Deora Bodley was an avid lover of butterflies, who spent much of her time mentoring younger children.
Frank Guerra and his wife, Linda, are volunteers at the club.
The idea for a butterfly garden started with a challenge from Nickelodeon's The Big Help program. Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Nickelodeon joined forces to promote a national service campaign that encourages young people to take actions to improve the environment.
Club members held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the butterfly garden. Donations came from Aberdeen Supply, Lisa and Carl Smith, The Lunch Box That Rocks and Kohl's Department Store.
Marissa Black and Susan Strine, both Master Gardeners, advised the club members on native plants that would attract butterflies and also came to help the children plant the garden.
Kohl's associates spent a Saturday at the club also working with club members planting the garden during their Kohl's Cares Day.
When the children found out that the granddaughter of their much-loved art -volunteers, Linda and Frank Guerra, who loved butterflies, was killed on 9/11, they decided to name the garden Deora's Butterfly Garden, in her memory.
In addition to the butterfly garden, the children at the Boys and Girls Club will enjoy the fruits of their labor with their also recently planted Salsa Garden.
The Salsa Garden was planted by -volunteers from Keller Williams Real Estate Company during their annual Red Day of Service to the community.
This year's Red Day was in honor of the Keller Williams founder Mo Anderson's 75th birthday. The design of the garden was shared by Kathy Byron, director of the Communities in Schools First Garden program.
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