Sussex Consortium earns Cash for Class

School gardening project video is top vote-getter in annual Hertrich Toyota of Milford contest
January 24, 2022

A video highlighting the gardening project at Sussex Consortium garnered the most votes in Hertrich Toyota of Milford’s fourth annual Cash for Class contest, netting $2,000 to help students grow their own flowers and vegetables.

The garden project is being led by retired Consortium occupational therapy assistant Linda Corcoran, who joined the meeting via Zoom, and Consortium psychologist Derick Whitcher. All Consortium students will be able to grow food in the garden located in a fenced-in area behind the school.

Hertrich representatives Courtney Hastings and Kara Curtis surprised school employees at the Jan. 13 staff meeting with a check and banner announcing the award.

Hastings said the Sussex Consortium video was the community favorite, receiving the most votes of all entries. The contest was open to all educators who needed funding for a project, she said. Online voting was held for about a month in the fall.

“We thought it was an incredible idea, the way it gives real-world experience to students,” Hastings said. “We believe in funding education and giving educators opportunities to fund projects they believe are relevant to their students.” 

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