Snowhill students experience Strive daily activities

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Robyn Harper’s Class

Thor Bisher’s Class

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Amy Bassell’s Class

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Strive participant Howard Pullen demonstrates operating the coffee roaster to third-grader Ashland Enman who is assigned to keep the record book up to date.

Springfield: “Here they come! Here they come!” excited participants in the Strive@CRSI program exclaim as they see the first glimpse of elementary students walking up the sidewalk to visit Strive during the program’s daily activities. Three classes of third-graders, 72 students along with teachers and parent volunteers made their journey as an end-of-year field trip on a sunny day in May; walking from Snowhill Elementary School on Harding the Strive location at 2030 N. Limestone St.

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Students experience how Strive participants plant beginning sprouts in ice-cream cones.

Strive correlates its program with state core standards so students can see what Strive is learning and actually experience and participate in the activities,” says Patricia Young, Strive manager in Clark Co. “The activities are centered around what they are learning in school.”

Divided into three groups, students participated in three stations of learning by rotating from one area to another. The three study areas are the life cycle of the butterfly, roasting and packaging organically grown coffee beans harvested by eco-friendly farms around the globe, and conserving resources in the greenhouse through the aquaponic growing system.

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Rachel Buck, assistant habilitation manager explains butterfly evolution by using different colored candy placed on a paper plate.

Strive is a day services program operated by CRSI, a provider of developmental disability services. The program focuses on providing social training, vocational training and experience in order to maximize independence, enhance job skills, and assist with obtaining employment in the community.

After Strive moved into the former McKinnon greenhouse location on N. Limestone in 2012, the program began an aquaponic planting system using fish to fertilize their garden rather than chemicals. Strive participants raise and care for the fish while water from the fish tank circulates throughout the gardening area. In return, the plants clean the water for the fish, according to Kelly Buck, habilitation Director. Participants then raise, harvest and market to the local community a variety of lettuces, veggies and herbs.

Soon after setting up the gardening business, participants began a coffee enterprise buying farmer direct coffee beans from around the world. They roast, package and market organic coffee now branded as Crew Cup Coffeeworks™.

A summer camp is being offered for qualified youth ages 7-14 with developmental disabilities June 8 through July 17. For more information contact the Clark County Board of DD or Strive Manager Patricia Young at 937-717-9875.