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A Young Poet from Greenport Has Her Say

Catherine, a second-grader from Greenport and one of our Read a Recipe writers,  has this to say about her tree:   (See her illustration)


                                             I hear the breeze in the tree.

                                             It is whispering to me

                                             I gently whisper back to the tree.

                                             It gives me apples, can’t you see?

Read a Recipe for Literacy Begins the New Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School on 143st. NYC

A new program for a new school year began this week at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School,  West 143rd St.   The children were enthusiastic and engaged the entire time.   They conversed, they wrote, and they enjoyed the autumn apples as well as the organic apple pudding cake.   Who could complain?    Certainly not the presenter!

Our Long Island Read a Recipe for Literacy Children Visit the Big City

The children from Orient/Greenport Read a Recipe for Literacy came to the city on Saturday for a fantastic session with our equally fantastic partners:  Teachers College, Columbia University and Columbia Secondary School.   All you have to do is look at the photos to see how it was.   Big–and I mean big–thanks to Pam Koch, Meredith Hill, and our marvelous RRL team.   Way to go, partners!

The Children Write and Dream

This week the Read a Recipe children wrote in their journals about the future and what they’ll do when they grow up.   Abby wants to be an artist and her friend wants to be an engineer; another friend wants to be a CEO and make a new world.  

Way to go, dreamers!


Write on!!

Building on a Foundation

I passed by the Columbia Secondary School Community Garden yesterday and saw this sign by the gate.   Made me think about the history behind those walls that are integral to our garden.    We are building on a sound foundation and will continue to do so.   

Enjoy the growth.

The New Season, The New Sites

We’re looking at a lot of different locations for our fall sessions of Read a Recipe.    This particular garden would be perfect, and it is perfect.   The only problem is that it’s in Ireland.   Visit again soon to find out what gardens we will be using!