Jackonville Special Education School Raising Money To Expand

A special education school, just east of downtown Jacksonville, is depending on donations to be able to serve more students. The 25-year-old North Florida School of Special Education sits on several acres tucked away in Arlington, with enough space for a butterfly garden, an amphitheatre and a green house. Here, special education teachers work with students who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities like autism or Down syndrome. The nonprofit school offers art and music classes, a track for exercise, and an urban farm where kids learn how to grow food. “We’ve been out picking hibiscus calyxes, and had hibiscus sorbet during snack time,” said farm manager Tim Armstrong, who also has a son with Down syndrome. Eighteen-year-old student Ethan Colster is planting seeds and picking peppers to make jelly that will be sold under the school’s Berry Good Farms brand. The experience here on the farm is awesome. It’s a good job site. I hope to work at Publix one day,” he said. Most

A special education school, just east of downtown Jacksonville, is depending on donations to be able to serve more students. The 25-year-old North Florida School of Special Education sits on several acres tucked away in Arlington, with enough space for a butterfly garden, an amphitheatre and a green house. Here, special education teachers work with students who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities like autism or Down syndrome. The nonprofit school offers art and music classes, a track for exercise, and an urban farm where kids learn how to grow food. “We’ve been out picking hibiscus calyxes, and had hibiscus sorbet during snack time,” said farm manager Tim Armstrong, who also has a son with Down syndrome. Eighteen-year-old student Ethan Colster is planting seeds and picking peppers to make jelly that will be sold under the school’s Berry Good Farms brand. The experience here on the farm is awesome. It’s a good job site. I hope to work at Publix one day,” he said. Most