Elizabeth Students Perform Community Service At Wilson Park

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ELIZABETH – On Tuesday, Nov. 11, while many Americans were paying their respects to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for this great nation, the Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team, with support from the city’s Department of Public Works, dedicated several hours to landscape and clean Wilson Memorial Park located on Newark Avenue at the most northern point of Elizabeth.

Members of the Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team and their advisors pose for a photo sitting on top of the re-built wall of a planter that had been damaged in an accident.

Members of the Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team and their advisors pose for a photo sitting on top of the re-built wall of a planter that had been damaged in an accident.

The group started the morning off with cleaning and mulching the first of the two planters funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Good Neighbor Landscaping Program set in the middle of the park. Trash and weeds were removed as the planter was restored and mulched by the Groundwork Elizabeth Green Team, SkillsUSA, including their president, Mansoor Choudhry, and the City of Elizabeth Department of Public Works.

After advancing to the second planter, it became apparent that the walls of the planter had been destroyed in a recent accident. Luckily, several students from a college-level physics class were available and they utilized the loose bricks in a successful attempt to restore the wall. Thereafter, the planter was cleaned, mulched and the group took some pictures sitting on the rebuilt wall.

Over the past three years, the Green Team has been engaged in various environmental projects – nature guides, park and river cleanups, plays for preschoolers, and even a trip to Wisconsin for Groundwork USA’s Youth Summit. However, their most recent endeavor was appreciated by both community and drivers alike. All the while they were busy beautifying the park, the group received encouragement from community members and drivers honking their gratitude.

Under the supervision of Lilia Chaika, an advisor for the SkillsUSA and Green Team clubs and Jonathan Phillips from Groundwork Elizabeth, Wilson Memorial Park’s new facelift was a complete success.


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