The Sixth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) was held at Washington University and a local resident was
among the participants. This program brings in students from all over the nation and world to discuss the global issues this world is facing. CGIU is a project began by former President Bill Clinton. The former President and his daughter, Chelsea, were among those participants in the day of service.
On the last day of the conference the attendees participated in a day of service. This year, the day of service was held at Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis, where Ashli Weinrich teaches Horticulture. Weinrich is a Troy native. As a part of this project, her horticulture program received 8-4’x12’ and one handicap-accessible garden beds. She will use these beds to teach her students about vegetable gardening/urban farming and nutrition. She worked hand-in-hand with the students and faculty in the architecture and landscape architecture departments at Washington University to design the layout and style of the beds. Volunteers from Washington University and Gateway helped the two Saturdays before the day of service to start the project and were prepared to show the progression of the project when the Clintons and CGIU volunteers were there.
The day of service was held on April 7, 2013, and started with a greeting and wonderful speeches by Chelsea Clinton, Dr. Elizabeth Bender, principal at Gateway, and former President Clinton.
After the talks everyone split into teams and dispersed to work on the projects. The garden project was chosen as the site for Chelsea to tape an interview for the Today show. Weinrich had the opportunity to talk to Chelsea about her program and the amazing opportunity these garden beds would be for her students. Chelsea and Weinrich talked about all the vegetables that would be planted and then did a little planting.
Ashli said, “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of it, and I am excited to see the learning and development that comes from working in our new garden.”
Weinrich is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Weinrich and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also is a graduate of Troy Buchanan High School.