In the fall of 2018 Adrianne Betterton, classroom teacher for our STAR program (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research) reached out to The Home Depot in Albany requesting a small donation of supplies for a flower box for her students. Mrs. Betterton’s hope was to incorporate learning about plant life with hands on activities.
The Home Depot response was above and beyond anything Mrs. Betterton had hoped for. Through their Team Depot Foundation, The Home Depot took on our project, donating all the supplies as well as the labor to make it happen. The result was nothing short of amazing, and included the following:
- removal of existing walkway pavers, stone flower bed border, and multiple plants and shrubbery
- painted the outside of the school behind the new bed area
- laid a new stone walkway
- laid new rubber mulch to make access to the beds easier on little hands and knees
- built 4 custom planter boxes, specially designed to be portable to move with us to Meadow Ridge
- repainted the United States mural in our covered play area
- donated all the supplies, including planting soil for the beds
This wonderful new area is such a blessing and will be put to good use by all our students, providing a great opportunity to use hands on learning. A huge thank you to The Home Depot – Albany and their crew for making this all possible!