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Danna Burgeson & Abby Gooch

Danna Burgeson & Abby Gooch

Danna Burgeson

Academic Class: Junior

Hometown: Liberty, Mo.

Major: Horticulture and Therapeutic Recreation

Abby Gooch

Academic Class: Sophomore

Hometown: Mexico, Mo.

Major: Agriculture Education

Internship opportunities helped Northwest students Danna Burgeson and Abby Gooch build skills and experience for a successful career.

During their internship at Lettuce Dream, a greenhouse that helps people with cognitive or developmental impairments, Abby and Danna organized and implemented hydroponic systems. Working with the enterprise’s clients, they practiced seeding and transplanting while identifying and combatting issues.

“Going into education, I think it is important to have experiences with people who are different than you and people with disabilities,” Abby said.

Lettuce Dream

The internship gave them an opportunity to apply skills they learned in the classroom and become more aware of adaptations and alternate programming that employers should consider when working with individuals with special needs.

“When I added therapeutic recreation for my other major, it ended up being a perfect match for my field experience at Lettuce Dream. It is good to learn about programming, creating activities and adapting for people with special needs. I wouldn’t have this opportunity in Maryville without this business.”  - Danna Burgeson

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