WEST ESSEX, NJ — The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex presented the Caldwell Public Library with a check for $800 on Feb. 2, supporting the library’s Children’s Garden Club.

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child & one community at a time,” said Kiwanis President, Barbara Peck.

“As an organization that is focused on children and family support, this is exactly the kind of project Kiwanis is eager to support," said Jo-Ann Dixon, Past-president, Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex. "The youngsters involved in this project will learn life supporting skills and carry them with them for the rest of their lives – and hopefully pass them on to their children. We are grateful to the library for giving us the opportunity to be part of this great endeavor."

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“I’m thrilled to have the support of the Kiwanis Club for this exciting program. The program will bring the children of the community together to learn hands-on about gardening and science in a fun and nurturing environment,” said Caldwell Library Director, Claudine Pascale.

The children's garden club will begin early this spring with the goal to build a community garden behind the library. Each session will include hands-on working in the garden, including planting and taking care of vegetables and herbs in planting beds.

Participants will learn with Master Gardeners and other professionals about how seeds grow, the difference between good bugs and not-so-good bugs, and composting. Kids will keep a journal to document what they have learned by participating in the club. A Harvest Festival will be held in the Fall to celebrate the hard work dedicated to building and maintaining the community garden.

The club will meet Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: March 19, April 2, April 23, May 14, May 21, June 4 and June 18. Kids will also sign up for a rotating watering and weeding schedule. For students in grades 4 and up. To register call (973) 226-2837.