As part of its commitment to community service, members of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield visited Jardine Academy to decorate the Spring Tree with numerous rainbow fish ornaments that members of the club had made.   

The ornaments were inspired by The Rainbow Fish, written and illustrated by Marcus Pfisher. The book tells an inspiring story about generosity and friendship. Although the rainbow fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he is lonely and friendless because he refuses to share his prize possession, his shiny silver scales. Eventually he decides to give away his shiny scales and is rewarded with friendship and happiness. A copy of the book was donated to the school's library. The Spring Tree stands in the lobby of the school and is enjoyed by all who pass by. The area around the tree was also decorated with the Rainbow Fish ornaments.

In the past years, a member of the garden club has read the story to students from Jardine Academy. This year the students were not present due to concern over the spread of coronavirus. However, the students will learn about the beautiful story of the Rainbow Fish from their teachers in the coming days.

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Jardine Academy is operated by the Cerebral Palsy League and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. The Academy provides a comprehensive educational program designed to meet the cognitive and physical needs of children and young adults, 3-21, with multiple disabilities.

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club is affiliated with the Garden Club of New Jersey and the National Garden Club, Inc. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at the Scotch Hills Country Club. Membership is open to residents of Westfield and surrounding towns. For more information, call Beth Siano 908-233-4150 or visit the club’s website, (rakeandhoe.org) or Facebook page.