Fall Beautification Day – Hopatcong Durban Avenue School

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On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Durban Avenue School students participated in our biannual Beautification Day.

Thank you to the Hopatcong Education Association for their continued generous funding of this program. Every student planted at least one bulb after being given a mini fall gardening lesson by Mrs. Bisignani and Mrs. Harris. Durban Avenue will be bursting with crocus, hyacinth, daffodil, iris, anemone, and puschkinia flowers in the spring.

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Next, each class planted a chrysanthemum of their own. The students were invited to tickle the roots of the mum prior to planting the mum in the soil.

 Lastly, students explored various types of pumpkins, gourds and squash at our “Pumpkin Museum.” At the end of the week, each classroom received a pumpkin, gourd or squash along with a guide to keep in their classroom.

All of the mums, pumpkins, gourds and squash were purchased at the Sussex County Strawberry Farm on Route 206 in Andover. The bulbs were purchased at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

This event would not have been possible without the overwhelming number of parents, grandparents, and siblings who volunteered their time to assist us with digging the holes and planting. The day was full of laughter, smiles and teamwork as we beautified our new home at Durban Avenue School.

We eagerly wait for the bulbs to bloom and for our spring Beautification Day.


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