Marion Street School in Lynbrook, teachers have been finding new ways
to incorporate their school’s gardening and recycling projects into the
harvested pounds of fresh garlic and herbs that they had planted last
year in the school’s Sympson Outdoor Environmental Classroom, commonly
referred to as the SOEC. Many students took cloves home and were able to
cook with their own organically grown garlic.
the help of science teacher Kerry Stewart, all of the classes across
the grade levels were able to harvest some of the many fruits, herbs and
vegetables from the garden. As the colder months approached, parent
volunteers helped put the SOEC to sleep for the winter.
With the arrival of spring, the SOEC is active again.
have begun composting in the cafeteria, and they are learning the
importance of eating healthy food and how the wastes from such foods are
healthy for the earth. They have already begun to plant the next
harvest of potatoes and other healthy vegetables such as peas, string
beans, lettuce and spinach.
Marion Street Student Council helped introduce the Terracycle program
to Marion Street School. Terracycle collects different types of
typically non-recyclable materials and recycles them into everyday
objects such as backpacks, garbage cans and plastic benches.
Street students are collecting fruit juice pouches to send to
Terracycle, which teacher Rachel Tiran and her students are helping to
gather and prepare for recycling.
an added bonus, Marion Street students earn money to help their school
or a charity organization of their choice by recycling these products.
Hundreds of juice pouches have already been collected and saved from
are looking forward to another healthy growing season and future
projects that will continue to teach our students about the wonderful
world we live in,” Marion Street Principal Theresa Macchia said. “We are
ever thankful for Mr. Sympson, our master gardener and local community
member who has guided the planting process, and teacher Anne Conway for
her time and dedication to this wonderful community garden.”