Maintaining Healthy Plant Life

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Students at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently began assisting the environment by planting a multitude of plants in the school’s new community garden – a project spearheaded by second-grade teacher Sandra Fantauzzi and the Long Island Native Plant Initiative.

Thanks to plant donations from the Cherokee Street Elementary PTA, the students studied plant life in the classroom and then applied that knowledge when planting the native botanical species such as bayberry, slender goldentop and narrowleaf mountain mint. Each class throughout the school was given the chance to plant and maintain a designated plant species in an effort to spread and strengthen the environment and correlate with next generation scientific standards.

According to their website, the mission of the Long Island Native Plant Initiative is to protect the genetic integrity and heritage of Long Island native plant populations and thus biodiversity from a landscape to genetic level, by establishing commercial sources of genetically appropriate local (ecotypic) plant materials for use in nursery, landscaping and habitat restoration activities.