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The butterfly brigade
By BETTE SMITH
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 10, 2000
The Gro Group of Tarpon Springs, a program for adults with disabilities and special needs, has a curriculum that includes functional skills and vocational training in nursery management operations. The goal is to develop the knowledge and skills to become self-sufficient. With the help of teacher Paula Littlefield and volunteer Lois Weber of Palm Harbor, the group is working on a butterfly garden at the little schoolhouse in Craig Park.
The partnership arrangement with the City of Tarpon Springs also provides sites and labor at Cycadia Cemetery, Community Center, City Hall, Pinellas Trail, Memory Lane (train station), Library, Sunset Beach and Cops-N-Kids Center.
After morning classes, many in the group hold jobs at firms such as Albertson's, Hess, Target, UPARC and Winn-Dixie.
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