In 2018, the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) began a partnership that has greatly benefited both organizations. To celebrate this relationship, Clermont DD presented Clermont SWCD with a Friends of Developmental Disabilities at its annual banquet on October 23.
The partnership began when Clermont SWCD was looking for assistance with preparing materials for the numerous education programs given through the year. Judy Krebs, the SWCD Education Specialist, typically presents over 275 programs in county schools annually, and had been spending considerable time making and organizing supplies for these. “We knew that Clermont DD had several programs that help students become more involved in the community, so we decided to reach out,” said Krebs.
Clermont DD staff thought this was a wonderful idea. Soon, students from both the Wildey Center and the Douglas A. Collins Center began to prepare materials for Krebs’s “Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly” and “Animal Tracks” programs. “While they are working, the students also have a chance to learn something about nature,” said Krebs. “The students are able to see how butterflies go from a very small egg to a beautiful butterfly in their life cycle. Those helping make animal tracks learn about animal adaptations, characteristics, and how animals can be harmed when people litter.”