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The Learning Center (TLC) at Front Range Christian School has been busy working on new vocational partnerships over the summer, and this is exciting new for TLC students. The vocational aspect of TLC provides students with on-the-job skill training to help them prepare for successful entry into the workforce. Praise God for the opportunities He is providing for our students this year!

The Learning Center is a unique program that offers targeted instruction that allows students with special educational needs to develop their God-given talents in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. Taught by nurturing, godly instructors, the program educates the whole child in social, academic, spiritual, and vocational training. It is the only faith-based special education program of its kind in the Denver area.

These new vocational partnerships expand TLC’s ability to train our diverse group of students, providing them with opportunities that fit their giftings and interests and preparing them for life after high school.

Partnerships have been set up with O’Toole’s Garden Center, Dairy Queen (located south of the school on Pierce St), Angie’s Restaurant, Creekside Gardens, Columbine Library, and King Soopers (located at Chatfield and Wadsworth).

Over the summer, some of our TLC students had the opportunity to begin their vocational training with O’Toole’s Garden Center. The General Manager, Chris, has allocated six of their garden plots for TLC to grow vegetables. O’Toole’s provides tools for students to use, donated the starter plants, and has been teaching students how to sow and care for the plants so that they will yield fruits and vegetables.

Students are growing corn, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, onions, and peppers. Once harvested, the fruits and vegetables will be donated to a local food bank so that the students’ hard work can benefit others. See photos of the plots

Chris also plans to help students set up a hydroponic system in the classroom to propagate spider plants and philodendrons to sell over the winter months.

O’Toole’s and TLC hope for a fruitful partnership for years to come!

We also want to extend a huge thank you to the following families who worked many hours to get the garden plots ready for students: Morgans, Sullivans, Nikkels, and Emma Bolger!

Do you want to help?

If this news excites you, too, and if you have a desire to help out, we are looking for drivers to help transport students. P3 hours will be awarded for this simple job – simply drive students to their location, let them do their work, then drive them back to the school. Having parent volunteers ensures student safety while providing them transportation to these important opportunities.

If you’d like more information or to sign up to help, please contact Suzette Farnum at sfarnum@frcs.org as soon as possible. We are hoping to hit the ground running and would love to have volunteers in place by the first day of school. Participants need to have a vehicle in good working order, proof of insurance, and be willing to have a background check performed.

Photos

The six plots before prepping:

Garden plots "before" photo

Preparing the plots for planting:

prepping the plots

The new plots:

the "after" photo of the plots