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Columbus Magnet School Springs into May

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Norwalk, CT | Added on May 02, 2014 At 05:18 PM

Native plants and flowers are blossoming around Columbus Magnet School.  

"My hope over time is that each year, more people jump on board and it will become a collaborative project."

Volunteers joined students and staff at Columbus Magnet School with shovels and buckets to beautify the Rosa Parks Arboretum around the playground and surrounding the building.

"We're really giving the kids more opportunity to help create a natural place for them to learn and play," said Columbus Magnet School principal Emily Lopez. "And we're getting our whole school community with cleaning up our yard and welcoming spring time."  

"The kids are learning to commune with nature and learn how much fun it is," said Yolande Lecoz. 

It's the second event the school has held to create a certified habitat and outdoor learning classroom for the school and community, through a $5,000 grant from the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program and contributions from mayor, superintendent Manny Rivera, Keep Norwalk Beautiful and other local organizations. 

"Columbus magnet school is a Bank Street/H.O.T. school," said Lopez. "So we are all about arts infused, project based learning and to have the students involved and to have them involved to help create this natural environment in which they can play or learn is exactly how we do things on a day to day basis." 

"We talked a lot about certifying it as a wildlife habitat, with the national wildlife federation and to do that you need native plants, water source, food for birds and local animals, cover and shelter, a place for them to raise their young," said Margaret O'Connell.   

Volunteers are encouraged also help Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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