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ATHENS, Tenn. — Morning Pointe of Athens residents have been potting plants that will do more good than just beautifying the assisted living community. The potted plants will be sold to raise funds for a scholarship that will benefit a nursing student attending Tennessee Technology Center in Athens.

The projects, called “fairy gardens,” are small tea cups, pots and pans, many coming from a local antique store — trinkets that will touch the lives of a nursing student in need.

“We thought this was an adorable way to really make an impact where it matters for both the seniors and students,” says Shelby Boles, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe. “Nurses are so very important in our community especially for our seniors, and so we want to encourage a student to pursue his or her dream because nurses truly make a difference in our residents lives. We could use more people around like that these days.”

The fairy gardens cost $5, and are available for sale at the Morning Pointe, located at 1025 Crestway Drive, and at the McMinn County Senior Center, located at 205 McMinn Ave.

But acts of kindness like these are nothing new for the residents. As part of the Meaningful Day™ program, Morning Pointe is partnering with local organizations to pay it forward, and giving residents the opportunity to put their lifelong talents and crafts to use for the greater good. The yearlong community service campaign, called “Make Your Mark,” is a company-wide volunteer effort to give back 20,000 hours of community service in 2017.

Photo: Diane Mitchell and Jan Moses, daughters of Morning Pointe of Athens residents hold “fairy gardens” — small potted plants made by the seniors to raise money for a nursing student attending Tennessee Technology Center in Athens.