Culture Club Celebrates World Environment Day By Dedicating Courtyard

METUCHEN — On Tuesday, June 5, the Metuchen High School Culture Club celebrated World Environment Day with the dedication of the Metuchen High School Courtyard.

Since the fall of 2011, the members of the Metuchen High School Culture Club have been developing plans to participate in a global day of environmental awareness. Inspired by the recycling efforts of the German classes at Metuchen High School and the enthusiasm of the Garden Club for the Earth, the Culture Club included an environmental goal for the 2011-2012 school year.

Through the efforts of community advocates for the environment in Metuchen, four trees were donated to Metuchen High School by Barton Nurseries and Johnny’s Landscaping. Members of the Metuchen Environmental Commission, the Shade Tree Commission, the Metuchen High School PTO, administrators, faculty, and students who collaborated to realize this project participated in the event.

The students in the Food Science and Meal Management classes of Bonnie Stanski prepared various types of muffins for the occasion. Musicians from Adam Levy’s Poetry of Song class initiated the program, followed by international poetry concerning the theme of trees. These poems were read in the ancestral languages of the students, then translated into English. Next, Mayor Thomas Vahalla read a proclamation concerning the Metuchen High School Courtyard.

As part of his concluding remarks, Principal Bruce Peragallo spoke of the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning outdoors in the area designed by drafting students, with benches donated by the Metuchen High School PTO.

“We look forward to utilizing the Metuchen High School Courtyard during the 2012-2013 school year,” said Dr. Rosann Kamin, the adviser to Metuchen High School’s Culture Club.

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