RSC Landscaping, East Coast Garden Center, has generously donated a greenhouse to the Sussex Consortium students.
Gardening is an activity that can benefit students both in and outside of the classroom. Having a greenhouse on the campus will allow Sussex Consortium students to learn through engagement, and will provide them with an understanding about the life cycle of plants. It will also help students to learn where their food comes from and the importance of healthy eating.
“It is our goal to help educate the next generations of gardeners about the benefits of living among plants,” said Chris Cordrey, co-owner of RSC Landscaping, East Coast Garden Center. “Gardening is a very healthy activity that can teach kids responsibility, a strong work ethic and organization. We are excited that this new greenhouse will allow the consortium to grow their own plants and expand their plant science curriculum.”
“As a fifth-year teacher in the preschool at the Sussex Consortium, I know how important it is to teach life and recreation/leisure skills to our students,” said Amanda Cordrey, Sussex Consortium teacher. “I also know that our Principal Vivian Bush has been dreaming about adding a greenhouse to help further the garden that is grown and tended to each year by the older students in our program. With a little help from family, I thought I could help make this happen, and when I asked my husband Ryan [co-owner of Cordrey Companies] he didn’t hesitate to ask the rest of the family about making a donation.”
With the help of RSC Landscaping, East Coast Garden Center employees Quinton Timmons, EJ Baxter and Ryan Cordrey, alongside the Sussex Consortium custodial staff members Michael Thomas and Chief Stephen Norwood, the greenhouse was assembled within a few hours May 1.
The Sussex Consortium will use the greenhouse garden to help facilitate learning in science, math, language arts and social studies. It will also assist students in learning self-sufficiency and business skills.
Staff and students are both equally excited to see all that this project will provide them in the years to come!