A Native Garden Grows at Gribbin

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This past spring and summer, teachers and staff at Gribbin had a vision to create a native plant garden similar to the garden already at Deasy. This desire came from the experience of several teachers who had participated in the intensive Greentree Foundation’s professional development workshop.  

These teachers brought their experiences to the Gribbin Garden Committee. With the support of Principal Francine Santoro, the PTA, the buildings and grounds crew, and head custodian Albert Plude, it became a reality. Ms. Santoro coordinated the logistics of the project and the PTA generously paid for the materials. Sal Dimaggio and his crew from buildings and grounds graciously tilled the soil and created the garden beds. Adelphi professor Mary Jean McCarthy facilitated an outdoor science lesson in which teachers and students had the opportunity to plant the native flowers, and Mr. Plude set up and checked on the watering system throughout the summer and mowed the grass paths. 

District staff including Science Coordinator Alexa Doeschner and teachers Cheryl Carmody, Antoinette Hatzopoulos, Irene Kamola and Jessica McKenna dedicated time during the summer to weed the garden. The project truly was and continues to be a team effort, with many contributing to the garden’s care.