Northside Learning Center Cafe and Sensory Garden

Northside Learning Center is a Chicago Public High School that educates students with significant intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning. Northside’s curriculum pairs common core classes with skill training to enable our students to engage in self-advocacy and community participation……

Northside Learning Center Cafe and Sensory Garden

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Northside Learning Center is a Chicago Public High School that educates students with significant intellectual disabilities and impaired adaptive functioning. Northside’s curriculum pairs common core classes with skill training to enable our students to engage in self-advocacy and community participation…

We are excited to share two ongoing projects with you today and hope that you might consider donating to make these proposals– and future proposals– a reality.

First, McClendon’s Corner Cafe, named after former Principal of Northside, Mrs. McClendon, At this training space, students will learn work skills like making and serving espresso coffee drinks, interacting with customers, money exchange, and janitorial tasks. McClendon’s Corner will be a fully-functioning cafe open to the general public, we will serve coffee, tee, and pastries, baked by students right here on the premises at our Culinary Lab.

The second project is a Sensory Garden. It will be a calm space that allows students to get back to their baseline and continue with their day on a positive note. The garden will be fully ADA accessible and feature a variety of interactive garden elements for students to engage with, like bells, wind chimes, talk tubes, colored signage and lights, smell gardens, herb gardens and beyond.

The cafe and garden renovations are well underway as we are aiming to open both this fall. Your donations will go directly towards the outstanding expenses for each project. Any remaining funds will go directly to Friends of Northside Learning Center, our non-profit partner that supports the students, faculty, and administration of Northside through fundraising and volunteering events.

If you can’t donate today you can still follow us on facebook at Northside Learning Center, instagram @northsidelearningcentercps and twitter @NLCCPS. Please feel free to share this video. We could use all of your help to spread the word.

Don’t forget to come on over for a coffee or tea at McClendon’s Corner Cafe this fall! We are located at 3730 W Bryn Mawr Ave– across the street from Northeastern Illinois University.

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