(Southold, New York… June 2017)Group for the East End (groupfortheeastend.org) recently completed the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Program through a grant from Long Island Community Foundation. This grant allowed Group staff to develop and implement three native planting projects in low-income communities on the East End to facilitate awareness about the local natural environment. Through this project, planning for which began in November 2016, they successfully constructed a pollinator garden at Greenport School.
Throughout May 2017, 88 students and teachers from Greenport School, as well as Group staff and volunteers, planted a pollinator garden within the school’s newly established vegetable garden. With funds from the grant, the Group purchased native plants from Glover Perennials, and plan to help with future plantings at the school in the future.The school garden will be an on-going project for the students and teachers.
“Now more than any other time in history, it has become essential to provide our young people with hands-on learning opportunities to experience the world around them. The addition of 60 native pollinator plants through a grant from Group for the East End has added the missing piece to the recently expanded Greenport Community School Garden,” says Greenport Science Technology Engineer Art and Math (STEAM) teacher Brady Wilkins.“This is a wonderful example of how local organizations such as Group for the East End can work in partnership with local communities and encourage young people to become stewards of their own environment. We must continue working together to help them love the environment before we can ask them to help save it.”
The grant also included a vegetable garden and native plant border at Remsenburg School, and a beach grass planting at Sagg Main Beach to restored a damaged dune.
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