In Tuscaloosa County, there’s a way you can spruce up your yard and support a program that is vital to a group of students.
The self-contained special needs class at Hillcrest High School will hold its annual plant sale Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, at the school’s greenhouse. There will be different types of flowers, vegetables and herbs for sale, which the students have spent months growing from seeds. The students will also sell hand-created stepping stones and painted pots.
Teacher Karl Weems says all of the money raised supports community-based instruction for the students, which gets them out of the classroom and into the community to prepare them for everyday life experiences.
“Community-based instruction is expensive,” Weems said. “We have to pay for transportation, we have to pay for the kitchen lab, we have to pay for everything that we use. But, it is a vital part of instruction with these students. I use the money for transportation, I use the money to buy things for the classroom. Everything that we get is used in the classroom.”
The students say they enjoy working in the greenhouse. Student Hannah Watson said she particularly enjoys growing the geraniums. Student Tyrone Fields said one of the things he enjoys about the greenhouse is the chance to be outside of the classroom.
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