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Uptown Jackson gets CFO grant to plant 500 daffodils

Cassi Holcomb, foreground, works with FFA students from Jackson High School to plant 500 daffodils near the Main Street bridge across Hubble Creek this past Thursday. Photo by Gregory Dullum

Uptown Jackson will be bursting with more color this spring, thanks to a grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Fighting a chilly wind and stony ground, Jackson High School FFA students dug trenches in the levy next to the bridge where West Main Street crosses Hubble Creek in order to plant 500 daffodils under the direction of Cassi Holcomb.

A member of the Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization Design Committee, Holcomb said 250 bulbs were being planted on each side of the bridge. They are a mixed variety called a “Narcissus Blend” and will bloom in March or April.

Janna Clifton, executive director of UJRO, appreciated the help from the Jackson High School FFA students, calling the project a “community collaboration.”

Uptown Jackson is one of many mass planting locations across the region to commemorate the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ 50th anniversary in 2023.

The CFO and its large affiliate foundation network created mass plantings of 50,000 daffodil bulbs across the region. The daffodils have been planted in Springfield and 40 of the CFO’s affiliate communities stretching across the state from Joplin to Cape Girardeau and Hermann to the Arkansas border.

The projects in the affiliate communities were supported with grants of up to $1,000 each for planting, site preparation and related efforts. (Jackson’s grant was for $500.)

Daffodils were selected for this anniversary project because they naturally spread and multiply over time as a symbol of the impact of philanthropy and planned giving. The daffodils are a mix of large cupped, trumpet and fragrant tazetta narcissus.

“We are so pleased to join with our affiliates in commemorating 50 years of philanthropy with these vibrant displays of growth and renewal for years to come,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at cashbook@mvp.net.

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