2011-12-16 / School News

RWA At Ocean Bay Community Center

Students from the Ocean Bay Community Center joined educators Elizabeth Gilchrist and Keneisha Turner from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to welcome in the season of Thanksgiving.

Only a week after the first annual Halloween festival, students gathered in the garden, still decorated with carved pumpkins, to discuss plans for the winter garden. Students maneuvered garden beds; raking, aerating and planting cold-tolerant root crops and perennials.

For an arduous job well done, students were given the opportunity to enjoy a true feast on the wealth of their labors. With an autumn harvesting of kale, tomatoes and okras from last season’s crops, they were able to make healthy and appetizing snacks. Also with in-season crops, such as pumpkin and apples, students painted still lifes to decorate their classroom with falllike works of art. The menu of healthy snacks created by students this month included kale chips, sautéed okra, apple and cranberry tarts and Asian style dumplings.

In the month of November, students learned to plant well, eat well and play well as they enjoy and share with members of the community all the knowledge of healthy living which they have gained from working with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance this fall.

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