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Kiwanis Teams Up with Students to Prepare Plot of Land

Kiwanis acquired a plot from East Meadow Farms, which is the brainchild of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Key Clubbers from and were joined by Circle Kers from Adelphi University and LIU-Post, and they prepared a plot of land acquired by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club from the on Merrick Avenue. 

Kiwanis Club President Mitchell Allen’s President Project involves working with the East Meadow School District to use the land to promote scientific learning, environmental studies, hands-on research projects and community service.

The Key Clubbers guided by Kiwanis President Mitchell Allen and Service Leadership Chair Rich Santer weeded the areas between the garden beds, evened out the dirt and covered the areas with a weed barrier and wood chips.

“While it is hot and humid this morning, it feels like air conditioning compared to building houses in New Orleans last week,” Circle K DPG Rickie Santer said.

Key Club Lt. Governor Paul DeSantis, whose family has their own plot at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm, was glad the Key Clubbers were given the opportunity to give back to their sponsoring Kiwanis Club. 

"President Mitchell has been very supportive to all the Service Leadership Programs during his term," DeSantis said. "I am thrilled to be able to assist him with his President’s Project."

Despite the oppressive weather, the Key Clubbers and Circle Kers enjoyed the hands-on service and look forward to help the East Meadow Kiwanis Club with this and other projects in the future.

This article was written and submitted by Rich Santer. Do you know anyone who participated in this effort? Tell us in the comments.

Florence Trunk July 19, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Wonderful news! Please print follow-up stories about the students' progress at the East Meadow Farms. Also, please tell us how East Meadow residents can get plots of their own to work on with the help of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. So nice to know that East Meadow is "greening". It helps to mitigate the eyesore of all the empty stores in the area. Looking forward to more green growing spaces/places in the Meadow!

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