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Lawyers, students team up on garden

Mentors from Lawyers for Learning and students from School 29 work together on the school’s first community garden. (Provided)

Mentors from Lawyers for Learning and students from School 29 work together on the school’s first community garden. (Provided)

On April 27, The Monroe County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Learning committee held a kick-off event for School 29’s first community garden. In cooperation with the Cornell Cooperative, Foodlink and the local Rotary Club and its volunteers, the volunteers built and lined raised garden beds and filled them with a compost and soil mixture in preparation for planting the garden’s first seeds. The garden features raised beds accessible to the many students in wheelchairs at School 29.

Prior to the kick-off event, the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative representative, Joshua Dolan, interviewed the students of School 29 to educate them about the types of vegetables and plants available for the garden and to include the students in selecting the types of vegetables and fruits they would like to see grow in their garden. On the day of the event, the students had a lesson in their outdoor classroom from the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative nutritionist about proper nutrition related to the vegetables that will be growing in the garden. They then each took turns filling the garden bed with pails of soil. Lawyers for Learning provided snacks and juice to reward the students for their work.

Students from School 29 pour soil into one of the raised garden beds in their community garden. (Provided)

Students from School 29 pour soil into one of the raised garden beds in their community garden. (Provided)

Lawyers for Learning is the MCBA’s charitable committee that focuses its efforts primarily on pairing lawyers with students from School 29 for mentoring. The committee sponsors several events throughout the school year including teacher grants, author visits, book giveaways, field trips, Peace Camp, and other sponsorships that enrich the educational experience of the students at School 29. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact ibonanno@hselaw.com for more information.

Iskra Bonanno, Andre Lindsay, and Monroe County Bar Association President Mark Moretti helped students at School 29 build their community garden. (Provided)

Iskra Bonanno, Andre Lindsay, and Monroe County Bar Association President Mark Moretti helped students at School 29 build their community garden. (Provided)

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