Spring arrived at Hudson Maxim School on Thursday as community members, parents, grandparents, staff and students beautified the school grounds at the annual Spring Beautification Day!
This biannual event would not be possible without Judy Grogan, lifetime Hopatcong resident with 65 years as a student and teacher in the district and the PRIDE Grant she wrote and has earned for many years through the Hopatcong Education Association in conjunction with the New Jersey Education Association.
Upon her recent retirement, Mrs. Grogan handed over her gardening gloves and shovels to first grade teacher, colleague, and friend Doreen Sciabica who was honored to continue Judy's tradition of bringing beauty and the appreciation of nature to Hudson Maxim and its children.
Each class was presented a mini spring gardening lesson about spring and summer flowers by Mrs. Sciabica before planting marigolds, petunias, impatiens, begonias, and other colorful blooms. The children enjoyed "tickling" the roots before planting and checking the "greenness" of their thumbs before and after planting! Enormous thanks goes out to the Hopatcong and New Jersey Education Associations for their continued generous funding of this program, Nester's Nursery on Sparta Stanhope Road for their stellar customer service and beautiful flowers and all Hopatcong community members, young and old, for helping us make Hudson Maxim a beautiful place for learning and growing!