2012-05-04 / Community

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Works With Scholars’Academy

Plant Sale At Old Firehouse May 5

Students from Rockaway Park’s Scholars’ Academy hard at work as part of an Urban Planning after-school program Students from Rockaway Park’s Scholars’ Academy hard at work as part of an Urban Planning after-school program If you stop by Scholars’ Academy on any Thursday afternoon, you will find middle and high school students busy sawing wood, digging up dirt and pulling weeds.

The students are part of an Urban Planning after-school program associated with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and they all spent the winter months poring over books about landscape design and meeting with experts in the field before they embarked upon creating plans for a verdant public space at their own school.

The group wants to make their garden into a living classroom where teachers could use the natural environment as an educational tool working across a number of curriculum areas.

The students envisioned a space where students could use flowers as inspiration for paintings alongside their peers conducting science experiments on the effectiveness of the rainwater catchment system.

The group’s dream is beginning to take shape as each week new flowerbeds are being tilled and seedlings sprouting up.

They have installed rain barrels to catch the water off a nearby roof, which will make watering easier and help put rainwater to use.

They are also experimenting with various kinds of composting systems, including a bench that stores compost beneath the seat.

The group is excited about the possibilities of this project and how the community might use it. One student remarked, “I had no idea it was so much work to create a garden, but this makes me want to start growing things in my backyard at home!”

On Saturday, May 5 the students are having a plant sale to raise funds for the garden.

Anyone who is interested in helping to support the students’work should come by to purchase a few plants for their own garden and ask the students about their project.

The sale will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Firehouse 59, located at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 59 Street.

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