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The Read a Recipe Children at Floyd Memorial Library are Proud

The Read a Recipe children have been making progress by leaps and bounds this year.   They know it.   Just look at those smiles.   Many thanks to Julie who continues to run the show in a stellar fashion.


Caterpillars and more

The children are learning about caterpillars and improving their spelling while they are at it.

Columbia Secondary School Community Garden is a Great Partner

Thanks a bunch to Meredith Hill and the gang at Columbia Secondary School Community Garden.

Working together will make the difference. Let’s keep moving on!


The Coconut Wows the RRL Children at Melaleuca Elementary

The RRL children at Melaleuca can tell you all about the coconut, how it tastes and feels, where it grows, what you can do with it.   Would any one of them have guessed you can make brooms from the fronds of the coconut tree?    And how about the mask?

Coconut mask

Coconut mask

Columbia Secondary School’s Garden


Students from Columbia Secondary School harvested some of their vegetables that were used by a local chef at Columbia University on Friday.   The chef, from the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan, demonstrated proper knife skills to a throng of thoroughly engaged engineering students.   Professor David Vallancourt chose some lucky future engineers to practice what the chef preached, cutting the vegetables from the garden on 119th Street.    The children from Read a Recipe for Literacy know that garden well, having visited it several times.

Budding Horticulturists from Melaleuca Elementary School


The children became horticulturists this week during their Read a Recipe session.   We’re planting good seeds now.