Second Graders Visit Environmental Study Center
Mrs. Palermo’s second grade class from P.S. 225Q, The Seaside School, enjoyed a fun-filled day at Gateway Environmental Study Center located at Floyd Bennett Field. The second graders were invited to celebrate Arbor Day along with six other public schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Denise Brown, Director of the Study Center, in collaboration with the Jamaica Bay Watershed Alliance, organized the event. It included several workshops on trees and the environment led by Park Rangers, and Marion Sloane and Rita Fico from the Multidisciplinary Resource Center located at Gateway. Mike Steffan, a volunteer from The Jamaica Bay Watershed Alliance, and other volunteers, actually planted trees with the students. To start off the activities the schools gathered together to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Brown explained the significance of Arbor Day to the students and recited Joyce Kilmer’s poem "Trees." The students were divided into workshops where they were engaged in hands-on activities for the remainder of the day. Palermo’s class participated in tree planting, leaf pressing, and a Project Learning Tree activity about family trees. P.S. 225Q’s partnership with the Gateway Environmental Study Center has enabled the children of Rockaway to learn about their own environment besides their impact and responsibility to it.