SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- McGinn School staff, students, and community members celebrated former school nurse, Connie B. Salisbury, on  Wednesday, Nov. 8, by dedicating their second garden to her.

Ms. Salisbury was intricately involved in the creation and care of McGinn’s gardens and continually sought ways to expand student connections with them.

Second Grade Teacher, Dorothy Lusk, spoke about Ms. Salisbury’s deep-rooted ties to McGinn’s community from her own children who attended the school to the students she cared for.  Ms. Salisbury’s daughter, Allyson, was present, as was SPFK12 Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes. 

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Dr. Hayes read the words on the plaque: “Dedicated to Connie B. Salisbury: For Her Development and Care of McGinn’s Gardens and For Her Many Years of Dedication and Service to the McGinn Community.”

Another special guest, Dr. Marco Baptista, donated lettuce seeds, which came from the International Space Station, and will now be shared on earth with students and the community. As per the Kids Dig in Grant through Union County, at least one third of the produce grown in the Connie B. Salisbury Community Garden will be donated to local food pantries. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.