Students in the Next Step Transition program are brightening people’s days across the district with their new Flower Friends school-based business. Each Monday morning, the four Flower Friends students create flower arrangements using flowers that Wagner’s Market Fresh IGA, Ericksons Thriftway, and The Posie Shoppe have donated and vases and ribbon that community members have donated to the program. The following morning, the students deliver the bouquets to district employees who have placed an order. Next Step Transition and the Youth Transition Program at Crook County High School partnered to launch the Flower Friends program this month, serving students ages 18 to 21. The program helps students with barriers develop skills, habits, attitudes and knowledge that will empower them to have future success in the working world. Additionally, Flower Friends will help students build a variety of skills, including money management and customer service skills. Funds from Flower Friends will go back into the Next Step Transition program to help fund projects, independent living skills, field trips, and curriculum. Contact Youth Transition Program coordinators to place a Flower Friends order. Thank you, students, for bringing joy to CCSD staff!