Spruce Hill: Plant Sale Aims to Help Childern Grow

Rachel Crossot speaks to passerbys at the Clark Park Farmer's Market abou the Parent Infant Center's plant sale. The sale raises money for the center's scholarship fund.

With what she deemed her outside voice, Rachel Crossot stopped each passerby at Clark Park and delivered a five-second sales pitch for the Parent Infant Center’s plant sale.

“All the flowers in my yard,” replied one man. “Of course, we know about it,” a woman said.

Rachel Crossot spoke to passersby at the Clark Park Farmer's Market about the Parent Infant Center's plant sale. The sale raises money for the center's scholarship fund.

Crossot, the center’s director of development and  communications, didn’t have a hard time selling a product that’s been a neighborhood staple for decades. Last year, the center filled 700 orders and the money is raised for the scholarship fund. The scholarships are given to families based on financial need.

Originally scheduled to end April 14, pre-sales for the plant sale have been extended. The flowers are grown locally and orders can be placed online at the center’s website.

“All the research shows that the greatest success in life starts in your earliest years,” Crossot said. “If kids go to a top-center and they’re nurtured and loved, they are destined to do great things.”

Located at 42nd and Spruce streets, the Parent Infant Center provides quality child care to 300 children through after-school programs, summer camps and early learning. The center is accredited by both National School Age Childcare Alliance and Keystone Stars.

Lisa Falcone said the program has helped strengthen language and social skills of her 22-month old daughter, Nina Sabloff, who is enrolled in the early learning program.

“She loves going there every day, she’s had no trouble adjusting to being in day care and she asks to go on days when she’s not supposed to be there,” Falcone said.

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