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August 8, 2022 eNewsletter

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We love our zinnias!

We love zinnias. Citi donated several flower seeds so we started a flower garden on the east side of Longfellow Center. It's impossible to walk by them without smiling.


If you are not growing zinnias, we bet you can see some from where you live. There are several reasons they are so popular. Last month we learned a lot about peonies.

So let's continue our Smart About Flowers theme and get to know those vibrant flowers a little better.


  • Zinnias are annuals but you can save the seeds or let them fall to the ground to reseed
  • They love full sun
  • They will bloom more prolifically if they are deadheaded and trimmed back
  • When you cut the flowers, remove the entire stem section and cut just above the leaves' joint
  • Zinnias attract bees and butterflies
  • They are edible as long (as they have not been treated)


Happy and Helpful


We enjoy attending events in our community but we also like helping them be successful. Last weekend, Deng, Jarrod and Brody volunteered at a concert at the Levitt. They greeted people and handed out brochures.


One Giant Leap

One goal at DakotAbilities is to help every person become as independent as possible. Brandon just took one huge step toward his own independence by completing a 6-week course where he learned employment skills.

Congratulations, Brandon! We are all proud of you!


Last week we had a series of workshops and meetings in order to again achieve a 4-year CQL accreditation. Thanks to the participation and input of staff, parents, therapists, people supported, and instructors, we passed with flying colors! Every accreditation helps us explore and improve the care we provide.


Some days a hug with a friend is all we need.

Thank you for being a friend of DakotAbilities.

Enjoy your week!




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