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!