Glenholme students keep busy with community activities
The Devereux Glenholme School in Washington has enjoyed a busy calendar this autumn.
-Students recently grew a crop for the inaugural Judea Community Garden.
During the months of July, August and September, six students with varying gardening experience spent several evenings a week working in the garden. Jessica D., Sarah Pelzner, Max Chirchick, Andrew Paczkowski, Luke Robinson and Richard Siebert participated throughout the entire growing season, focusing on green beans.
The project began in the greenhouse, where the students planted seeds in trays and later transplanted the seedlings to the grounds of the garden.
Glenholme's students maintained and picked more than 100 feet of green bean plant, weighing a total of more than 135 pounds.
Green beans were only a portion of the overall garden production. The various crops included tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, winter squash and eggplant.
In the town of Washington, the produce was distributed to families in need and distributed through the town's senior center programs, as well as in New Milford via the New Milford Food Bank.
A group of more than 20 Glenholme families, friends, and staff from the tri-state area attended the Oct. 16 event that featured cocktails, food and performances.
The musical program was a sought-after auction item at the school last year, with the Francinas winning the bid. The couple transformed the musical program into another benefit for Glenholme's Center for The Arts.
As a result of the evening, the Center for the Arts campaign received more than $5,000 in new contributions.
-The school recently presented a professional development seminar about adoption issues with Dr. Joseph Crumbley for faculty and social workers from the Greater New Milford area.
Dr. Crumbley has provided consultations and training both nationally and internationally with Child Welfare League of America and the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States, as well as with entities in Ontario, Canada, Durban, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Notably, he has provided testimony and briefings at the U.S. House of Representatives and the United Nations.
The seminar concluded the school's 2009 professional development program, which included seminars on adolescents and anxiety, implementing pragmatic language intervention, and establishing limits and boundaries with difficult people.
The Simon Foundation, an animal rescue organization based in Bloomfield, is dedicated to the preservation and adoption of dogs and cats otherwise abandoned, abused, neglected or euthanized in municipal shelters, to caring and loving homes.
The school made a donation on behalf of the students to The Simon Foundation and purchased 10 books about Neville, with 100 percent of donations and book-sale proceeds to go to the care of the animals.