Supporting the communities where we do business is an important part of Carlson Rezidor’s values and commitment to being a responsible business organization. This commitment extends to our Annual Business Conference host community.
While attending the 2016 Americas Business Conference in Las Vegas, Carlson Rezidor leaders came together for a Responsible Business activity at C.H. Decker Elementary School, which serves an at-risk student population of 734 pre-school through fifth grade students; 75 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs, and English is a second language for 38 percent of the students.
Thirty-one Carlson Rezidor leaders spent the morning transforming the school’s current garden area into a comprehensive outdoor learning lab, complete with seating, a whiteboard, a bulletin board, murals, a compost bin, a farmer’s table and fruit trees.
The garden will serve as an engaging tool for educating students about STEM concepts, and the food grown in the garden will be used to host farmer’s markets run by fifth grade students for student families and community members. Additionally, community partners will conduct educational, juicing and chef demonstrations for students throughout the year.
The garden project was made possible through a USD 20,000 Carlson Family Foundation grant and the generous gift of time by our volunteers, leaving a lasting legacy within our conference host community.