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SPED Intern Develops Community-based “Farm Raiser” Project at NWHS!

In past years, the students in Mrs. Tara Park's classroom at Northwestern HS made and sold cookies each week to support their community-based activities. However, this school year, the school moved to a healthier choice focus requiring Mrs. Park’s classroom to find a healthier alternative. This is where Winthrop University’s Internship II Special Education major Miss Hailey Martin comes in! Intern Hailey Martin (supervised by Dr. Deana Peterson) helped the class develop a new program to raise the funds needed for the community-based program. The program is called "Farm Raiser." Faculty and staff of Northwestern High School can order baskets made by the students using a Google form developed by Miss Martin. Small ($10), medium ($14) and large ($18) baskets are then made and delivered by the students. So how does it work? Students purchase the items from Dinks' farmers' market and make and deliver the baskets at NWHS. Baskets include seasonal vegetables and a recipe for using the items in the basket. Students are responsible for collecting the correct amount of money at the time of delivery and then picking up the baskets on Friday so new ones can be prepared for the following week.

While the students were very disappointed to lose their cookie project, they have found that they make more money selling healthy vegetables. The students hope to expand their business to other nearby schools.

Farm Raiser

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