CGH Medical Center out of Sterling, IL handed out their staff appreciation gifts on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 with the help of Mrs. Parks. CGH approached Mrs. Parks and the Forreston FFA last year to start the planning for this beautiful spring time gift. Mrs. Parks ordered the 3,400 plants for CGH this summer when she ordered her normal greenhouse order. The plants arrived in Forreston early February and the students went to work. During class time the Plant science , and horticulture classes learned how to transplant, water, pinch and care for the plants while also filling the needs of their customer. The unforeseen event of COVID-19 left Forreston FFA and CGH at a loss; but both agreed now more than ever we really needed to thank our medical staff for all they are doing. So they set up a drive through flower pick up. Dylan Lewis (the student in charge of the greenhouse under Mrs. Parks) said “ We had to keep the plants a little longer than expected due to our world condition but we made it work in our greenhouse because we knew these workers really needed our thanks.” Mrs. Parks, “I cannot thank CGH enough for choosing a small FFA program to order their staff appreciation gifts through not only will they be thanking their staff in a beautiful way but they also gave these students a chance to learn something along the way”.