The learning community of P.S. 54 was the very privileged and lucky recipient of a Citizens NYC grant, which enabled the school to build a community garden. Participants went to Home Depot for a field trip in order to better understand what is entailed in creating a garden, where goods come from and how to get the most value for your money. Featured plants included tomatoes, eggplants, squash as well as herbs like dill, thyme, oregano and basil. Ms. Muller’s 2nd grade class, 5th grade boys, several parent volunteers with their children and community volunteers spent several hours using pallets and landscaping canvas to make gardening boxes. It was so heart warming to see little children persistently working to follow through with an real life application they could connect to recent science lessons on plants. 2nd graders carried bags of potting soil that were wide and heavy. 5th grade boys worked diligently and methodically at prepping pallets for the 2nd graders to plant in. New volunteers came forward from the street to help when they saw what scholars were trying to accomplish. Gardens build a community and strong citizens that work together like a team. Thank you Citizens NYC for promoting health, wellness, citizenship, environmental awareness and the Common Core!!! We love gardens and we love Citizens NYC!!!!!
June is a great month. It is the beginning of summer, the end of school and also a bunch of fun times and great breakfasts of some very special NYC children. P.S. 54 scholars love milk and all the good products it can make. Thanks to Fuel to Play 60 and the American Dairy Association, 2nd graders all had healthy breakfasts. Boys and girl ate a grab-and-go breakfast of different flavors of yogurt. Normally dawdling students hurried into school so they wouldn’t miss out on yogurt, an all around yummy and fun to eat treat as illustrated by the yogurt mustaches.
Congratulations to Juan Rosario, 5th grade, and Gjonzef Pllumaj, 4th grade for winning 1st and 3rd place respectively in the annual city wide Jewish Heritage NY writing contest. The contest was established in memory of Toby Nussbaum, a NYC activist and philanthropist. In the library, the boys researched and wrote about achdut, a Hebrew term that means unity and harmony. They went down to the award ceremony at city hall to get their certificates, checks and meet Dennis Walcott, school chancellor.
P.S. 54 went into high gear making and sampling different healthy breakfast options. Fuel to Play students helped make and serve berry and mango smoothies, pancakes with ricotta and pineapple, almonds and cranraisins, bananas, apple slices with peanut butter, mango slices, veggie sticks, string cheese and yogurt cups. Both early and late arrivals benefited from yummy fresh fruit and breakfasts different from what the kids normally eat. Lines quickly formed and everyone wanted to sample one of each. It was several days off to a great start. Thank you Fuel to Play 60! Thank you NFL and the American Diary Association. What started as a collaboration between the gym teacher and the school librarian has transformed into an incredible program for P.S. 54 students. Children are now able to play longer and are aware of what healthy eating entails. Make eating healthy a priority!!!