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Lakeland youths get help with T-shirt tie-dying

Eight-year-old Natalie Almanza had a little help squeezing out the excess dye from her T-shirt after dunking in the buckets of her favorite colors. She customized the look during the Tie-Dye Naturally Workshop in Lakeland. Photo by Kim Odom.

Eight-year-old Natalie Almanza had a little help squeezing out the excess dye from her T-shirt after dunking in the buckets of her favorite colors. She customized the look during the Tie-Dye Naturally Workshop in Lakeland. Photo by Kim Odom.

Wringing some fun out of their summer break is what several youths did on June 9 in Lakeland. They were at the Tie-Dye Naturally Workshop presented by Memphis Botanic Garden and hosted at International Harvester Managerial Park.

Youth participants learned how animals and plants play a role in creating a variety of fabrics and dyes during the outdoor classroom. Zig-zags, sunspots and spirals were among designs each camper selected upon tie-dying their own T-shirts using modern-day dyes.

After the tie-dye session, youth got creative and made a few other crafts with help from the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation staff. The group of campers went home with some special surprises in time for Father’s Day.

“Partnering up with Memphis Botanic Garden (to host educational programs) is always a pleasure,” said Robbie Spencer, director of Parks and Recreation. “We share the same goal of engaging kids to grow their young minds naturally and foster a sense of wonder for the environment around them.”

KIM ODOM, author of this article, is the Senior Center manager for Lakeland.

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