SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Roosevelt Elementary students last week took part in a project that, come spring, will sprout thousands of yellow daffodils and make the area in front of the building more aesthetically pleasing for students, staff and the community.

The project was initiated last year by Robert Diehl, the prior principal, and supported through 2018-2019 student council fundraising efforts and a $1,000 donation from a former Roosevelt parent. Last month, a total of 1,000 yellow bulbs were purchased from Bolesta Landscaping, with the company also preparing the site for planting. 

“The focus is to create a community where all students and teachers participate and contribute in making our school beautiful,” said Sue Hyun, a third grade teacher and student council advisor at Roosevelt.

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On the morning of Oct. 10, Roosevelt classes were called down by grade to take part in the effort. With assistance from this year's student council representatives, each child in pre-K through fourth grade was given two bulbs to place in the ground along the front of the school. 

“We chose the front of the building because everyone who passes by will be able to appreciate the beauty of the flowers as well as all the hard work that everyone contributed to make this project a success,” added Hyun. 

“As administrators we should constantly and continuously be looking for ways to improve the functioning and physical look of our buildings. ‘How can we make what we have better?’ is a question we should all be asking ourselves,” Diehl, who returned to the school for the event and had the opportunity to personally place bulbs in the ground, told TAPinto South Plainfield. “Roosevelt is a great looking school but when these flowers bloom next year it will be more beautiful, possibly breathtaking. One thousand flowers will make a powerful statement that ‘we care’ about our schools.”

According to Diehl, who also donated the white oak tree planted at the site, statistics show that ‘students feel better about their school when it looks good and that good feeling translates into better academic and social performances.’ Given the amount of time students and staff spend in school, Diehl also feels ‘they deserve to teach, learn and recreate in an environment [they] can all be proud of.’ Additionally, he told TAPinto that projects of this nature ‘teach children how to create beautiful places whether it be at school, home or their community.’

“Having the entire staff and student body participate in this wonderful activity was truly special and should produce countless benefits for the town of South Plainfield,” said Diehl. 

“These type of projects are important for students to build strong communities and foster responsibilities,” added Hyun, extending thanks to Diehl and current Principal Dr. Robert Goman  as well as the family who donated the money, the student council, Bolesta Landscaping, and former co-advisor Margaret Mosley for their support and efforts in seeing the project come to fruition. 

"I want to thank Mr. Diehl for setting this project in motion. I also want to thank the student council and Mrs. Hyun for making this project a success," said Goman. "I cannot wait until the spring until all the flowers bloom in front of our building. This is a project that the students will see come to life every spring and remember that they took a part in making our school beautiful for years to come."

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