AES Students Lend their Green Thumbs to New Garden

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The second grade and fifth grade classes from Accompsett Elementary School took a short walk over to Accompsett Middle School on June 8 and 9 to lend a helping hand in planting their new garden.

Along with Accompsett Middle School science teacher Amy Olander, as well as Corey Humphrey and Kaitlin Shahinian from Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District, students learned about some of the plants they will get to enjoy when they move up to the middle school. When they weren’t planting, the students inspected some compost piles under a magnifying glass.

Accompsett Middle School was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Long Island Regional Planning Council as part of the Long Island Water Quality Challenge. Accompsett Middle School students proposed a native plant and pollinator garden for the front entrance of the school, which will serve as an ongoing “classroom” for both middle school and elementary school students on how native plants and natural pollinators, such as birds and bats, can reduce the use of chemicals or overwatering.