This afternoon Serendipity Center hosted it’s annual harvest festival and Halloween dance! The day was filled with fun activities. Students were able to make fresh apple cider by hand in the Growing Minds Garden with Nicolas and upper school volunteers using an apple press. More than 1/3 of the apples used for the cider were grown in our garden! Lower school teacher’s Teri and Sheila painted faces in the greenhouse, check out their awesome spooky designs. And of course, students and staff cut a rug to classics like “Monster Mash” for our upper and lower school dances.

Thank you to our student council members and Case Managers Sara and Josh for setting up the awesome decorations for the dance and organizing this awesome tradition.

Students from Serendipity Center’s Farm to Table Cooking Club meet each Thursday and Friday to harvest veggies from the Growing Minds Garden and practice their cooking skills in the JFR Life Skills room. On Friday the Farm to Table Club prepared sauteed eggplant with miso sauce, sauteed shishito peppers, and sticky rice. Serendipity case-manager Chifumi Brown was a special guest chef at this week providing the club with her delicious homemade miso! Students and staff alike were blown away by this simple, yet delicious meal.

Serendipity is grateful for the support from all of our Growing Minds Garden stakeholders, including our Pearls of Hope and our corporate sponsors. We would also like to thank the Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral for their generous grant in support of our farm to table program.