Lincoln-Way East Special Services to host spring plant sale Tuesday, May 1, 2018
On the first three Saturdays in May, Lincoln-Way East students will host their annual spring plant sale. All proceeds from the sale will benefit House of Blooms, which is the Lincoln-Way East Special Services Pre-Vocational Program. The sales will be held from 8:00 a.m. – noon on May 5, May 12, and May 19. The sale will be hosted in the greenhouse on the north side of Lincoln-Way East High School.
Members of the Lincoln-Way community are invited to attend the second annual sale, which prepares students with special needs for both gardening and business. The class, which consists mostly of juniors and seniors, is a year-round endeavor.
Plants for sale include flowers such as zinnias, petunias, wave petunias, marigolds, celosia, coleus, snapdragons, salvia, spiderwort, geraniums, impatiens and begonias. Grape tomatoes, bush early girl tomatoes, garden salsa peppers, big bertha peppers and golden bell peppers will also be available.
“The students learn everything from planting, gardening and developing the crops to the business side of things, which includes counting the money, taking inventory, making flyers, collecting and filling orders and staying on top of the bottom line,” says Coordinator of Special Services, Sarah O’Connell. “It's only a 50 minute class, so the challenge is to work hard and at the end of the day, regroup and figure out what needs to be done the next day.”
The program plans to use the money raised to add new tables, hoses and begin to place orders for next year.
“We had an extremely successful sale last year, and look forward to another great turn out this year,” says O’Connell.