South Burlington, VT (April 12, 2007) - The National Gardening Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Con Edison is making a generous donation to National Gardening Association's Adopt a School Garden? program as its way of honoring National Garden Month? 2007. During April 2007, NGA reminds everyone, "When we garden, we grow," and Con Edison is making a point of investing in the future growth of the children of New York City through gardening.
"NGA is grateful to have the support of Con Ed," says Mike Metallo, NGA President. "It's wonderful that a multi-billion dollar company believes in giving back to the community in which they live and work, and supports the mission of NGA to get gardens into every school."
Con Edison, working with NGA's Adopt a School Garden? program, has selected two schools in Queens, New York to support. NGA carefully reviewed all New York City schools that have expressed an interest in being "adopted" and determined which schools have the most potential for growth and sustainability. NGA will work with the adopted schools on a continuing basis to support their garden programs as needed. NGA can provide printed materials like curriculum as well as gardening products to ensure success of the program.
School programs being adopted through the Adopt a School Garden Program by Con Edison are:
P.S. 41 Queens
In 2004, Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) education department and the PTA of P.S. 41 began Project Oasis, a continuing, collaborative effort to transform the dreary, barren landscape around the second grade annex into a beautiful, sustainable garden for the whole school to enjoy. Each spring, parents volunteer time and labor, local merchants donate materials, local organizations and politicians provide funding, the graduating class makes a steppingstone for the path through the wildlife sanctuary, and every student of P.S. 41 (including the special education students of P.S. 993, who share the building) plants annuals in his/her grade's garden bed. Family volunteers weed and water Project Oasis weekly during the summer.
P.S. 175Q Lynn Gross Discovery School
64-35 102nd St
The P.S. 175Q (Pre-K to 5) garden club is run by students and parent volunteers and includes children from all grades. Meetings are held weekly to provide an educational experience for the students, many who live in apartment buildings and would otherwise have no opportunity to dig in the soil and plant. During school hours, teachers bring their classes to the Garden for hands-on learning or just to enjoy this peaceful haven within our bustling neighborhood. Fall activities for the Gardening Club included setting up and learning how to maintain our new compost bin; planting daffodil bulbs; weeding and raking; building a scarecrow; and decorating pumpkins, as well as supplementing the science curriculum with hands-on lessons about the parts of a plant, their life cycle, and how to care for them. During the spring and summer, students plant vegetables and herbs. Funds will be used to make reparation on the sprinkler system and flowerbed frames; purchase an outdoor shed, gardening tools, plants, seeds and soil.
About Con Edison
For more than 180 years, Con Edison has been supplying the energy that powers New York. Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), a regulated utility, provides electric service in New York City (except for a small area of Queens), and most of Westchester County. They provide natural gas service in Manhattan, the Bronx, and parts of Queens and Westchester. Con Edison also owns and operates the world's largest district steam system, providing steam service in most of Manhattan. Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $27 billion in assets.
About the National Gardening Association
For more than 30 years, the National Gardening Association has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. As a nonprofit leader in plant-based education, NGA's programs and initiatives highlight and support opportunities for learning in schools, communities, and backyards across the country. In addition, NGA focuses on four other core areas: health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org. For more information on the Adopt a School Garden program, visit www.garden.org/asg.