BCES “K Kids” Lead the Way: June 2021

BCES “K Kids” Lead the Way
Beautifying Our World

WOODRIDGE, June 2021 — On a beautiful Saturday morning at Centerville Station on the Woodridge Rails to Trails, a group of “K Kids” from Fallsburg’s Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES) gathered to plant several brightly colored annual plants in the replica of miniature railroad cars.

The children are part of the Ecology Club, and are also a branch of the Woodridge Kiwanis Club. On hand to supervise the activity were Kiwanis Vice President and staff member of BCES, Debbie Jacobsen and her daughter, Kirsten Cerrone, who is a landscaper. Ms. Cerrone’s trade name is The Dirt Diva.

The Club’s co-advisors, Dawn McCarthy and Lori Lindridge, welcomed the students and their parents. They immediately took up trowels to plant the petunias, marigolds, spike, and other annuals.

The K Kids/Ecology Club previously planted flowers at BCES as practice for Saturday’s event. The members of the Club are third-graders Addison Eckerson, Ariel Payne, Kimberly Duncan and Zhara Snead, and fifth-grader Zayd Snead.

Attending the planting was Woodridge Mayor Joan Collins, who first asked Ms. Jacobson and Ms. Cerrone to organize the project. The Village paid for the plants and will water and maintain them. Woodridge is applying for a Sullivan Renaissance Grant to beautify various locations with flowers.

BCES staff member Amanda O’Neill literally dug in and joined in the planting. Ms. Jacobson’s three-year old great niece, Ruzzi, was clearly one of the stars of the morning along with the K-Kids.

The club has been selling dog bone cut-outs for $5 (large bone) and $1 (small bone), and they will continue through the end of the school year. All proceeds will benefit the Rock Hill SPCA and Rocky’s Rescue in Liberty, which is a local spay/neuter clinic.

These young people are dedicated to taking care of the planet and keeping it healthy and beautiful.