BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Each fall and spring, students from the Bloomfield High School VEST Program (Vocational Education and Special Training) plant seasonal flowers in front of the Civic Center. The bi-annual excursions allow for the students to have hands-on training in gardening while beautifying the township’s Civic Center.

The VEST Program includes students from ages 14 to 21. When the students are seniors they have the opportunity to participate in a structured learning experience (SLE) which provides vocational training for the students. This training helps prepare the students for a productive, successful future. VEST has expanded its programs to equip each student with a Chromebook.

This year, Leone Desroisers, Shahid Griggs, Olivia Blomquist, Eder Monsanto planted trees with several Paraprofessionals on September 20. Construction Technology teacher Michael McCoppen helped coordinate the delivery of supplies and Mary Jo Roszkowski, along with several Paraprofessionals, supervised the plantings. Roszwokski has been with the school district for 33 years.

“I’m so happy to partner with the VEST Program and proud to provide the opportunity for these students to get hands on training,” said Michael Sceurman, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. “The students always seem to enjoy themselves and the Civic Center looks beautiful and more welcoming for our residents. I commend the staff and students for their efforts.”