National Geographic : 1999 Jan
Like all teachers, Karen Williger plants the seeds of knowledge and understanding in the minds of the young. Except that in this case, it's actually her students who are planting seeds and who are beginning to bloom because of it. r Her self-sustaining vocational program takes a holistic approach to academics. Students, with a variety of special needs, get a hands-on lesson in the business of horti culture. It teaches them patience and responsibility by letting them choose, plant and harvest their own crops. It hones their artistic abilities by allowing them to create their own floral bouquets and centerpieces. And it improves their self-confidence and social skills by allowing them to sell their goods and produce at the school's Farmer's Market. For helping her students find new ways to achieve personal growth, State Farm is proud to present Karen Williger of the John Ehret High School, in Gretna, Louisiana with our Good Neighbor Award and to onate $5,000 to the school's horticulture program. STATEFARM Good Neighbor INSURANCE Award STATEFARM INSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois www.statefarm.com The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with The Council for Exceptional Children.