Star students will grow herbs for Taziki's in Dothan

DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - A Dothan restaurant is teaming up with special needs students to offer opportunity outside the classroom.

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe started Project Hope, it stands for 'Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment.'

The restaurant in Dothan has teamed up with the star students at Northview High School and students at the Dothan Technology Center to grow herbs in the green house on campus.

Special needs students will plant, grow, and package the herbs themselves, then sell the product back to Taziki's.

The herbs include cilantro, basil, rosemary and parsley.

"This can help them perform when they get to adulthood,” said Taziki’s owner Jason Parkman. “This will give them an opportunity to increase their foundation of life. That is what Hope is about, giving them hope for the future.”

There are nine active Project Hope's at different Taziki's locations in the Southeast.