For two weekends in October, parents and staff members from Mount Kisco Elementary School volunteered their time to clean up an old and unused tennis court. MKES plans to create a community garden for the children that attend the school. As pictured below, the floor of the tennis court is clean and the vines are cleared from the fencing. The poles used for the nets of the tennis court are still visible.
Now that the area is clear, students have had the opportunity to see the cleared space and to think about the planting beds, shed, compost bins and water tank that will fill the area. The students will be learning about composting in the library and using aspects of gardening as research topics.
Fundraising is still needed. MKESA has reached out to community businesses to sponsor birdhouses for its garden. Artist-in-residence, Kim McCormick, will be working with MKES first graders to design and paint these birdhouses. The birdhouses will reflect the various businesses and establishments in Mount Kisco.
Thank you to Susan Ostrofsky for her hard work. We hope the community can provide the funding and support to make the planned garden a reality.