Thursday, December 11, 2008

Students Learn About Composting

The Eagle received this press release:

Over a dozen third, fourth and fifth graders from PS 25 and PS 46 joined Partnership with Children's Environmental Group with their parents and teachers for a workshop with Luke Halligan. Halligan is from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is the compost instructor of the Brooklyn Compost Project of Brooklyn Greenbridge. He is also a certified BBG master composter and Vice President/Education Chair at the Floyd Bennett Garden Association.

The children learned about indoor and outdoor composting; the workshop included an indoor worm bin with live worms and outdoor compost systems.

"Since Partnership with Children came to our school, we have seen improvements in the children socially and academically," said PS 46 Principal Brenda Hill. "Partnerships between nonprofits and community leaders — like ours with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — are becoming increasingly important, especially when our children need additional educational resources. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s work with our youth is a perfect example of one organization’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of at-risk children."

The following day at PS 25, Partnership with Children hosted a harvesting event for over 60 third graders and their parents and teachers, offering them an opportunity to celebrate the season. The group participated in face painting, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating and frame making.

Partnership with Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the emotional, social and cognitive skills of at-risk public school children in order to help them succeed in school, in society and in their lives. Formerly Big Sisters, Inc., Partnership with Children was founded in 1908 and today serves over 12,000 children in 27 schools throughout all of the boroughs of New York through its various programs.

The photo above, courtesy of the school, is of Cesaly Sanchez, Orlanda Rivera, Kaliyah Jones, students at PS 25.

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Upcoming Greenway Cleanup

This Saturday, December 13, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) is hosting a Greenway cleanup along Columbia Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. BGI, along with the Columbia Street Neighborhood Association, hosts monthly cleanups to keep trash and debris off the newest segment of the Greenway route, which, when finished, will stretch 14 miles along the Brooklyn Waterfront. To participate this weekend, RSVP to Brian McCormick at

The photo above is of Brian McCormick, one of the founders of BGI, and a volunteer at August's greenway cleanup. The photo at right is of the Greenway in action.

Photos courtesy of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

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A Germinating Holiday Card

The New York Observer posted in their real estate section an image of a "Holiday Green Card" given out by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. After putting the card in water for a few hours and then burying it in soil, it will turn into flowers!

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