Goodwill S.T.A.R.S. Participants to Deliver Plants to Students

S.T.A.R.S. To Deliver Plants to Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center for Outdoor Learning Garden

WHO:  22 fourth grade students from Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center; 10 participants from Goodwill Fort Worth’s S.T.A.R.S. program; 8 members of the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association

WHAT:  Individuals from Goodwill Fort Worth’s S.T.A.R.S. program (adults with significant or multiple disabilities) will deliver young vegetable plants including Indian mustard, kale, broccoli and cabbage that they have grown from seeds at the GreenWorks learning center to fourth grade students at Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center. The students will then plant the young vegetable plants with the assistance of Tarrant County Master Gardener Association in the schools Outdoor Learning education garden and care for the plants during their recess. Once fully grown, the students will donate the vegetables to the food pantry at University Baptist Church.

S.T.A.R.S. is a unique day-habilitation program for adults with significant disabilities that recreates daily living scenarios to teach participants real life skills to overcome disadvantages and achieve maximum independence. GreenWorks Learning Center, a greenhouse located at Tarrant County Resource Connection, allows S.T.A.R.S. to participate in weekly horticulture therapy and lessons on growing plants.

“GreenWorks enhances the educational opportunities for S.T.A.R.S. participants and students at Alice Carlson by providing lessons on planting, growing and caring for seedlings and other plant material,” said Goodwill Fort Worth President & CEO David Cox. “We are proud to partner with the Tarrant County Master Gardeners, Tarrant County Resource Connection and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in this program.”

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 3, 2017; 10:45 a.m. – S.T.A.R.S. deliver plants to students

WHERE:  Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center; 3320 W. Cantey Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76109

WHY:  Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill Fort Worth’s 23 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and homelessness. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.

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