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Exceptional Learners Give Back
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
After reading a newspaper article back in 1998, Sue Johnson, a local Saratoga Springs woman came to understand the challenges people faced due to the Bosnian war. The article mentioned that prior to the war, people used to be able to eat from their gardens but could no longer do so. Sue Johnson has made it one of her life missions to get seeds to people in war-torn and impoverished areas around the world and in the United States and started an organization called Seeds for Peace. Local individuals, community groups, churches and schools make contributions and help in this effort. With social media, finding people in need is the easy part. Seeds are donated from large companies, including Lake Valley Seed in Colorado, and Berlin Seeds in Ohio. About a year ago, feeling overwhelmed with the process of sorting seed packets, soliciting, fundraising, packaging and mailing the seeds, Johnson reached out for help. WSWHE BOCES staff stepped in recognizing the opportunity for BOCES students to give back.
Now, students from several classrooms in the Exceptional Learners Division at the F. Donald Myers Education Center and the BEARS program in Fort Edward process and sort the large boxes of seeds to allow Seeds for Peace to more easily package and send them out. Curriculum activities teach students skills to categorize, but more importantly instills in students that no matter what their unique challenges are, they can do something for those less fortunate. Students are learning about refugee camps, the impacts of war, and how people overcome adversity even under the worst circumstances. Click here to take a look at who the students are connecting with across the globe. For more information on the organization, visit www.seedsforpeace.org
Some of the project's beneficiaries.
Boy showing sunflower seeds.