IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Main Street School in Irvington held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new garden on June 21.
The garden was a culmination of the hard work of students, staff and parents, the district said.
“The work of this garden exemplifies our beliefs and practices around community because it took persistence, precision and accuracy, listening with understanding and empathy and at times finding humor to make our garden grow,” Principal Joyce Chapnick said.
During the ceremony, fifth-grader Riley Annicharico told guests that the idea for the garden grew when a group of students expressed an interest in having a space where they could read, reflect and sit with friends during recess.
In order to raise money for the garden, students sold raffles and flowers at talent shows and concerts, and held an ice cream fundraiser.
The Irvington Education Foundation has also supported the project through an off-cycle grant.
Before breaking ground in May, the students learned about native plants, did indoor planting during the winter months, and designed and made paving stones for the garden.
“It has certainly been a learning journey for all of us,” fourth-grader Samara Laks said. “We are thrilled to have this space. We are so fortunate to have the support of the entire school community.”