New Scotch Plains Mayor attends First Official Function - Ribbon Cutting at McGinn Elementary

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(L to R) Dr. Sasha Slocum, Dr, Margaret Hayes, Mayor Mary DePaola, PTA President Jennifer Power
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – McGinn Elementary presented a unique program to celebrate the Grand Opening of their courtyard garden.  Mayor Mary DePaola, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, McGinn Principal Dr. Sasha Slocum and McGinn PTA Preident Jennifer Power were on hand for the official ribbon cutting.

“I am proud to have this ribbon cutting as my first official event,” said Mayor DePaola.  “What a great project, one that teaches the kids about nature and nutrition, while bringing the community together.”

 “The courtyard used to be just a catch all for junk.  We started by just cleaning it up and then we applied for a grant.  Although we did not get the grant, we decided to continue, grant or no grant!” said Dr. Slocum.  “Parents and many community members have donated time and money to create this wonderful end result.  We really have many people to thank.”

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McGinn PTA President Jennifer Powers seconded the motion.  “Our community garden has been supported by so many different people in the community.  It is really wonderful and it has truly become an outside classroom for the children.”

After music provided by the fourth grade band and a short program that presented the various educational aspects of the garden, guests were invited to wander around the courtyard and admire the student’s handiwork.

“This is just another example what a wonderful principal we have at McGinn Elementary,” concluded Dr. Hayes.

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