Inspiration from Michelle Obama
Shirley Key Williams serves as the literacy consultant at the West Philadelphia Corps and as president of the Sharon Hill Free Library. She recently earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human services.
In 2011, Williams received a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. Williams had written to Obama the previous year to explain how her White House garden and book The First Family had inspired Williams to write Look Who Grew in Our Garden, a book about a community garden project at the corps.
Obama’s letter read, in part, “Thank you again for your letter. The White House kitchen garden has given us a chance to shed some light on the important food and nutrition issues that we need to address as a nation, as well as have a lot of fun.”
The corps garden provided fresh vegetables for seniors and other members of the community. It was also a learning opportunity to teach kids language arts, math, history, science, and technology.