Please enjoy some images from our recent Snack Shack Ribbon Cutting Celebration.
I currently work at the Connections Snack Shack. I enjoy working there because it helps me learn how to give back the correct change to customers. It helps me because I got a job at Walgreens in Downtown Naperville as a cashier. Before I started at Connections I had no experience in being a cashier. I feel more comfortable now to be a cashier at Walgreens. I also enjoy the Snack Shack because I get to socialize with different students, teachers, and other staff members at Connections. The socializing at the Snack Shack will also help me when I am a cashier at Walgreens or in the future if I get another job.
Please enjoy this gallery of photos taken by our student photographer this morning, while we celebrated with our business partners.
Today we were thrilled to receive an amazing GIANT CHECK from The Knights of Columbus for the sum of $500.00! This was such a generous contribution from their Lenten fish fry nights and we are extremely grateful that they reached out to us through a chance encounter to support our cause. It was a pleasure to be able to show Mark and John around our facility and explain the role of Connections in our community.
In turn, they suggested that some of our fathers and sons might be interested to join their organization in a volunteer capacity - more information to follow on our 'Connecting Parents' page!
This week we were very excited to be invited to provide the center pieces for a prestigious local event!
Our thanks goes to Jayne Willard, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, who suggested The Bloom Room supply the arrangements for the National Charity League of Greater Naperville Recognition Luncheon. For more information on what the national Charity League do, click here - a great organization! The National Charity League of Greater Naperville.
Again our gorgeous flower were supplied by Trader Joe's who we are always delighted to work with, and for the first time, greenery was supplied by Darlene Nelson at DLN Floral Creations.
The event was held today against the beautiful backdrop of the Naperville Country Club where it was lovely to meet with The League Chairwoman Cindie Ramm, Committee Members and the ever efficient Dana Robinson, Event Co-ordinator at the Country Club.
A big shout out to the students who did such a lovely job in class this week of putting together the arrangements!
Let us know if you have an event you would like Connections Students at The Bloom Room to provide for!
We were thrilled to have FOUR of the staff at Connections recognized at this year's Those Who Excel awards for School District 203. Two of our staff also went on to receive the 'Dream Team' title! Connections Staff work seamlessly to do what we can to make every day a success for both our staff and students. Thank you all for your continued support. You can see photos from the event here...
We are thrilled to be able to thank heather, Mike, Delaney and Morgan Donnary for their generous donation of a 7 x 5 Rubbermaid shed! Heather works at Naperville North High School as a Dean's Assistant and during a spring clean up, was looking to relocate the shed to a new home. Of course as soon as we heard it was up for grabs we leaped at the chance to have it for our student garden!
Heather, Mike and their daughters kindly gave up their time too to dismantle, pressure wash and drive the shed over to Connections where it is now awaiting its unveiling in its new location.
With the kind and generous actions of families like the Donnary Family, our garden is going to flourish!
On Friday afternoon, students worked hard on settling the rockwool growing cubes into the plant tower. Rockwool is made from rock and sand and spun to make fibers, like cotton candy! Rockwool holds a good amount of water, holds air at all times, supplying the roots with plenty of oxygen and holds together well so won't spill.
Students planted cilantro, basil, lettuce, kale and spinach! Watch this space for updates on their growth!
Today we received the following lovely correspondence from a teacher in a transition program in an other school district.
"I am a teacher....we are looking to move out of the school setting and into the community setting withing the next couple of years. Your website is beautiful and we would like to come visit your program to get some ideas of things we can do with our program" S.B.
We are so proud!
In the words of the great Oscar Wilde - 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'