Local Lynbrook school continues to go green

May 12, 2013 by  

With the arrival of spring, Marion Street School in Lynbrook has started harvesting its winter crops from its specially designed garden area.

The Sympson Outdoor Environmental Classroom (SOEC), has reaped a successful bounty for the students. Already, pounds of cloves, fresh herbs and garlic that was planted in 2012 have been taken home and used in delicious home dishes.

It has taken a lot of work from a lot of people, with Marion Street Principal Theresa Macchia saying:

“We are ever thankful for Mr. Sympson, our master gardener and local community member who has guided the planting process, and teacher Anne Conway for her time and dedication to this wonderful community garden.”

All grades of student have been able to get involved with the SOEC project, which is part of the school’s ambitious gardening and recycling scheme.

The initiative, which is headed up by teachers at the school, also sees students composting uneaten foodstuffs in the canteen.

The school is also exploring just how waste from food helps enrich the earth.

Many items of literature are available with help and advice too, though hopefully all stationery printing will be done on recycled paper!

It is all part of the Terracycle program, which is aiming to recycle practically everything into something useable. It could also be a profitable exercise, with the school earning bucks for every fruit juice pouch returned to Terracycle. Hundreds have already been collected.

Returning to the garden, the school has already started planting the next crop of goods, which includes tasty vegetables such as peas, potatoes and spinach.