What Cheer’s flower school education idea wins $50K in Nonprofit Innovation Lab

WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM
WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM
PROVIDENCE – More often than not, Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm’s executive director, would be out and about delivering flowers to help needy individuals, such as veterans, senior citizens, those dealing with food insecurity and homelessness, cope with various stresses in everyday life. During her deliveries, she would notice that the food shelves Vital…

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