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Great Expectations School gears up for the annual Plant Sale and Pancake Breakfast this weekend

May 15, 2024 09:18AM ● By Content Editor

Photo: Great Expectations School

By Sammie Garrity for Boreal Community Media - May 15, 2024

It is that time of the year when the annual Great Expectations School (GES) plant sale and pancake breakfast happens. This is a time for the community to congregate and connect as well as support local education. 

“It's our way of celebrating spring while gathering as a community. Plus, every dollar raised goes directly into supporting the fantastic programming we offer at GES. It's a win-win for everyone involved,” GES director Rachael Lehman told Boreal Community Media.

The sale serves as a fundraiser for the school and provides an opportunity for students to use the food they grow for lunches—emphasizing the importance of local, organic produce. 

This year, the 5th/6th grade Lynx classroom was inspired by guerilla-style gardening and learned how to craft seed bombs. These are sacks filled with wildflower mixes and shredded homework. They are designed to be more eco-friendly and a “tribute to learning and nature.” 

Over the past few years, students planted seeds and nurtured them within their classrooms. Now, staff members take on the responsibility of continuing their growth. They volunteer their time to go above and beyond by doing things like watering plants on the weekends. 

For the sale itself, transplanting the plants, making sure there is signage, and ensuring everything is running smoothly with sales are done by staff, parents, and community volunteers. 

It takes a village, and this event is only made possible by this strong team of volunteers who dedicate an immense amount of time towards guaranteeing its success. 

It isn’t just about the plants, either! Students dedicated time to participate in a t-shirt design contest. The winners were chosen and their designs will be available for purchase on shirts and stickers at the sale. 

“Of course, no community event is complete without a hearty breakfast, and our pancake feast is no exception,” said Lehman. People will have time to sit down and interact with students and families as well as each other.

People attending the sale will also be able to see the new improvements made to the buildings. “Visitors will notice a new climbing structure, black top play area, bridges across the creek to Betty’s Woods, and the yurt snugly tucked into the back woods,” said Lehman.

Construction has been underway for some time now and fantastic progress has been made. Soon the permanent addition will replace the temporary classrooms. Floors are being installed, electrical is in place, and the interior walls are even being soundproofed to create a serene learning environment. 

“Exciting times are ahead as we watch our school take shape, one milestone at a time,” Rachael stated. 

On the day of the plant sale, doors open at 8 AM on the North side of the building—facing 5th Ave. Here in the Great Room, pancakes will be served until 11 AM (regular and gluten-free options available), as well as sausage, juice, and coffee. It is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. This is also where the t-shirts and stickers will be sold. 

The plant sale will occur in the greenhouse which is on the South side of the original building, as well as under the tents between the greenhouse and trailers. Plants will be available until 1 PM. The sale will accept checks, cash, and cards. 

“As the anticipation mounts and preparations reach their peak, we extend our gratitude to everyone who has contributed their time, talent, and resources to make this event possible,” said Lehman.

On May 18th, stop by to support the hard work of the kids and volunteers, as well as education and some good food and flowers! 

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