The YWCA’s garden at PS 90 may have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, but it is well on its way to recovery – thanks to the generous support of many new partners! The garden, which was built with pride by children in kindergarten through 5th grade but destroyed last year, recently received grants from the Whole Kids Foundation, Seeds of Change, Captain Planet Foundation, Muhammad Ali Peace Center, Yum! Brands Foundation and The National Gardening Association. With this wonderful support – including nearly $13,000 in cash plus gardening equipment- children will be able to rebuild the garden, their favorite hands-on classroom, while learning about health, nutrition, wellness, sustainability, and more. And, as they watch the fruits of their labor unfold, children develop a sense of personal pride and pride in their school.
“The garden has been an excellent forum to teach our students about important health and nutrition topics,” shared Ramy Fakhr, YWCA Site Director for PS 90. “A few days ago, one of the kindergartners raised his hand excitedly and informed us that he had had seeds for dinner the night before! He had recognized that the wheat and beans in his dinner were, in fact, seeds. As we move forward, the students and staff have made it our goal to make the garden even bigger and better than it was before! We are so grateful to the garden’s supporters for giving us the opportunity to do so!”
The YWCA thanks all of our garden supporters and looks forward to sharing updates about the garden’s development this summer. Be sure to follow the YWCA on Facebook and Twitter to watch our garden grow!
May 16, 2013