"Mrs. Halm, good morning, you are the winner of our One Class at a Time grant that is brought to you by CEFCU and Heart of Illinois ABC, congratulations."
This is where we first met this Manual High School Science Teacher, in the classroom during one of her virtual learning sessions.
As we quickly learned, her real passion is outdoors in the garden.
"We have this big strip, that we haven't finished yet, and we've been waiting for them to come back, so we can complete that strip but we ran out of money."
Thanks to that $1,000 grant, a project that started in the Summer of 2020, now blossoming into what you see today.
"I mean, it offered so many lessons just so many kids. It was really, really an exciting day for me when you when you stopped by to give me that."
The perfect educational tool for all levels of gardening.
"This little garden here is how they learned basically, to plant a plant.