Connections is a unique place where we work hard to help our students grow. Every single one of them is an individual with talents to be discovered, nurtured and cherished.
That’s why we need your help with a small project that will make a huge difference to dozens of lives: we want to establish a garden area at the front of our building where students can learn and use a vast range of skills, while sustaining our successful organic vegetable dog treat micro business.
We are excited to have discovered that we can apply for a grant for $2,500 to help with this project through Farmers Insurance! All we need from you is a click of your mouse here to vote for us!! Please start voting From the 1st March. You can vote here once a day every day through all of March! So please put it in your phone as a reminder and keep everything crossed for us!
Please share the link and vote as many times as you can in order to give Connections the best chance of success!
Here is the proposal we submitted
"Connections proudly serves NCUSD203’s special education students aged 18-21. Our dream is to design and install the Eco Connections Garden where our students will organically and sustainably grow herbs, vegetables and native prairie plants.
The garden will support learning and vocational growth by offering job-training opportunities including: learning and implementing all aspects of organic and sustainable gardening, customer service, cash register operation, and advertising and marketing.
Work, communication, and social skills are developed that assist in securing future employment when students work in the garden.
Eco Connections is looking to partner with area restaurants to serve as one of their herb and vegetable suppliers (Farm to Naperville). We have partnered with Veteran’s Victory Farm to guide our work. Our overarching goal is to inspire environmental literacy and citizenship. This opportunity would provide us with the seeds toward achieving our dream".
Of course if you also have useful contacts in the gardening world who could help us by donating tools and materials to establish this exciting facility, we would LOVE to hear from them too!
We are so fortunate to have the very talented Chad Coleman on our team, who has prepared these beautiful plans. We hope by sharing them with you, we can inspire you to be as excited as we are!
In case you missed it - here is the link to the video of when NCTV17 came to visit us at Connections!
Microconnections is our business where people with special needs hand make paper. Also in microconnections we do flower arrangements and deliver them to our voluntary work places. In spring we are going to start planting flowers and vegetables to use when we make dog treats. A.
I sold my first dog toy and treats to my mom's friend. Her dogs got the white potato version and they all loved them . She told me she wants to try sweet potato and green bean next. One of the dogs took the toy right out of my hand! The dogs loved the toy . The 3 dogs’ names are Booker, Bear and Backster. I love all 3 of the dogs. We have 3 satisfied Connections customers. J.
Today the staff and students at Connections were thrilled to welcome Murphy the therapy dog and Bill, his companion. Murphy visited each area of the building and students were given the opportunity to meet with him. We hope he will be joining us each week - he is a welcome addition to the staff!
Today NCTV17 came to visit and film some segments. Students demonstrated making the various micro-business items we have for sale and donation. The atmosphere was very calm despite some nervous excitement from both staff and students! Mrs. Brooks still feels like a tourist here in America, so tries not to miss a photo opportunity when it presents itself! Here are some of the pictures she took during today's filming. Enjoy!
My favorite class at connections is Community Life Skills because I get to see friends that I don’t have too many classes with. We chat and catch up to see how work and life is going. The next reason why I like this class is I get to learn community etiquette. Meaning, I learn how to act appropriately in a restaurant and how to be a good consumer in the community. Lastly we learn how to budget. I learned that if you only have 20 dollars when you go out to eat, you need to be able get a meal under that cost so you have enough for the tip. I have to say, if you are in your IEP meeting and thinking of taking this class you should because it is fun and helpful.
Connections students from Reading Class have all written about what Connections is to them. Enjoy!
Friday marks the first full week of our web site being up and another week happily spent with fantastic colleagues! It's amazing how word is spreading about our service and people are understanding more and more what our students are aspiring to and achieving. We have already had more than 1,900 views of our web site which is wonderful. Very soon students will take ownership of various elements of the web site in class so you can look forward to many more first hand accounts of day to day activities in the community and on job sites!