The greenhouse at Robert E. Lee High School is booming with brightly colored flowers and plants, along with the smiles of 23 students from two Life Skills classes who helped to grow them.
The annual REL Life Skills Plant Sale will take place Thursday, April 6, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the campus greenhouse located just past the guard shack. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Life Skills program. More importantly, the sale itself reinforces valuable job skills such as work ethic, following directions, socialization and other skills learned throughout the year.
“We work on the plant sale all year,” teacher Susan Stubblefield said. “I begin in the summer with planting various seeds. The students then begin taking care of the seeds, maintaining the soil, transfering plants to larger pots when needed, providing water and anything else needed to help nurture the plants while they grow.”
Proceeds from the sale typically average around $3,000 each year. The funds are used to help purchase materials for the next year’s sale as well as supplies that may be needed in the classroom.
“Our students really enjoy working out here in the greenhouse and caring for the plants,” Ms. Stubblefield said. “They like putting their hands in the dirt, mixing the soil and multisensory things like that. They also enjoy the composting process. Although we are raising money for our program, the most important thing is that we are teaching these wonderful students skills that will benefit them in the future.”
Available plants include: Wandering Jew, Red Jew, Spider Plant, Coleus, Kalanachoe, Purple Salvia, Succulents—Sedum, Mouse Ear Ivy, Citronella, Geraniums, Zinnias, Blue Bonnets, Monkey Grass, Petunias, Dusty Miller, Impatient, Tomatoes: Roma, Celebrity, Peppers: Jalapeno, Bell, Habanero, Banana Pepper, Herbs: Mint, Basil, Oregano, Marjoram.
Plants range in costs from $3 to $25 depending on size of pot. Contact Susan Stubblefield at Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.