Students in the special education program at Elizabethton High School will begin cultivating plants for their new market garden, thanks to a donation by the Knights of Columbus Council 10743. Their instructor, Lucas Andrews, said they are hoping to partner with restaurants who will be able to use the microgreens and figs they grow.
“This is an opportunity for students to learn job skills that can hopefully help them get a job once they graduate,” said Lucas Andrews, the EHS Special education teacher supervising the project. “We’re really excited. This donation allows us to purchase supplies we need to get started, and then to have a base to keep the program going.”
The nearly $1,000 donation is funded by proceeds from the Knights’ Tootsie Roll Drive at Walmart. They’ve held the drive annually since 1991, which allows them to then support special education programs in Elizabethton or Carter County.
“We want to give back,” said member Bob Peoples. “People see us out here and know what we’re doing it for and know it goes back into the community. Special Education doesn’t get the funding it used to, so we think that if we can help, we’ll try to.”
Peoples thanked Walmart for being responsive and allowing them to hold the drive.
Members presenting the check to Andrews and Special Education Director Richard VanHuss were Grand Knight Bob Gamache, Director Tom Manning, Mike Hupko, George Bratton, Bob Peoples, Richard Barker, and Dave Olson.