pcsh staff who wrote voya grantA group of teachers at Park Center High School received a $2,000 grant from Voya Financial to support an Experiential Learning Garden, a space designed to allow experiential learning through a universally accessible community garden.

Community gardening provides students with the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the school by working together to achieve shared goals and provide hands-on learning in all academic areas. It is also designed to support healthy eating and nutrition. The garden will be an outdoor classroom where students with all abilities will collaborate through hands-on learning.

The Experiential Learning Garden was selected from a group of more than 650 applicants and is among 100 winners across the country who received this award of $2,000 to help fund and bring their program to life. Through the Voya Unsung Heroes program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and their ability to positively influence the children they teach.

Pictured above (from L to R): Park Center Senior High Special Education Teachers Cara Perszyk, Stephanie Johnson, Rhonda Greiff, Kyle Alveshere and Social Worker Jennifer Anderson were all contributors to the Experiential Learning Garden grant proposal.