Spring plant sales are underway for the students who run the Lincoln-Way East High School House of Blooms.
Months of hard
work and delicate nurturing have paid off for the students in the Special
Services Transition Program at Lincoln-Way East who run the House of Blooms.
“The kids in the transition program have done an awesome job,” said Joshua Kreske, the transitional coordinator at Lincoln-Way East.
been growing hundreds of spring plants in the school’s greenhouse (House of Blooms)
since January and are ready to begin selling them to the community.
plants available include annuals: Impatiens, Coleus, Geraniums, Petunias,
Begonias, and Marigolds; Wandering Jew and Swedish Ivy potted plants; Tomatoes
and Pepper plants. Perennials include: Shasta Daisy; Black Eyed Susan; and Pink
plants go on sale Saturday, May 3 from 9-12 noon and Saturday, May 10. Weekly
hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday –Friday until they are sold out.
The cost of the spring flowers are:
- $2 a six pack/$12 a flat for all annuals excluding geraniums
- $3 a six pack/$18 a flat for geraniums
- $5 Wandering Jew/Swedish Ivy
- $7 Perennials
- $2 per plant for vegetables
growing the seeds in January, learning how to keep them moist in early stages
and then pinching their tops to promote growth.
rotate the plants on a regular basis in the greenhouse to make sure each one
benefits from the natural light they receive.
students were involved in the project, giving them an opportunity to learn
valuable job skills, such as how to work as a team, how to follow multi-step
directions, how to advocate for themselves, and how to problem solve.
“The purpose is
to develop the students’ skills within the transition program,” states Kreske.
“Students are not only gaining knowledge about how to grow plants but how to
work as a member of a team, how to follow multi-step directions, and how to
problem solve. They’re also learning and developing their skills in the areas
of bookkeeping, computer data entry, inventory, proper job/ work behaviors,
sales, marketing, and independence.”
“This is the 5th
year of the program. All money earned from sales goes back into the program to
buy supplies for poinsettia plant sale next December,” added Kreske.
members interested in purchasing a spring plants may contact the Special
Services Department at 815-464-4121 or email email@example.com.
go on sale starting Saturday, May 2 until they are sold out.