Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield, as part of their service commitment to the Westfield community visits the Jardine Academy of the Cerebral Palsy League in Cranford several times per year. Club members select a theme, make decorations and purchase a children’s book which was “Spring is Here” by Will Hillenbrand. The Club recently visited the school and decorated the Spring tree and lobby with 100 colorful pinwheels hand made by the members.
The Jardine Academy is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and is proud to maintain Middle States Accreditation. The Academy provides a comprehensive Educational Program designed to meet the cognitive and physical needs of children who have multiple disabilities – needs that may not be fully met within the local school system.
The Cerebral Palsy League operates a new, state-of-the art facility in Cranford for students aged 3-21.
The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield has a long-term reputation for its service to the community and donations to worthy causes by maintaining the gardens at the northside of the Westfield Train Station, the Miller Cory House Museum, the Shadowlawn Pocket Park and the Claire Brownell Wildflower Garden at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center of the Westfield Historical Society.
The Rake and Hoe Junior Garden Club, which meets once a month, also has members between first grade and grade twelve. The juniors had a busy fall of planting daffodils around town and helping to clean up the Westfield train station garden. After much preparation with the Rake and Hoe Club adult members, the girls recently entered the Garden Club of New Jersey Flower Show receiving the most awards in all age groups for a total of 40 ribbons. If interested in joining, call Beth Siano at 908-233-4150.
Anyone interested in joining the Rake and Hoe Garden Club is invited to call Pat Wilson, 908-389-9342.