New Yorkers for Parks joined more than 100 students, along with parents and faculty from William McKinley I.S. 259, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White, New York City Council Members Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and Vincent J. Gentile, and Con Edison Saturday to plant more than 3,000 daffodil bulbs in front of the Bay Ridge school Saturday – one in honor of each person who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“The students at McKinley have led an inspired effort to learn about, understand and memorialize the tragic events of 9/11, and we’re honored that they’ve invited us to join them here this morning.” NY4P Executive Director Holly Leicht told the crowd in a ceremony before the planting. “Today, The Daffodil Project remains a powerful memorial to 9/11 but also has become a symbol of civic pride and community unity. Its spirit is defined by the thousands of New Yorkers who join together to make their neighborhoods, and their city, a more beautiful place to live.”
The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11. With nearly five million free bulbs planted citywide by more than 40,000 school kids, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history. New Yorkers for Parks has distributed more than 170,000 bulbs in every borough for planting this fall.
Last February, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center honored McKinley for its 9/11 awareness curriculum, which has inspired students to create a nearly 700-foot mural and more than 600 original poems over the past six years in remembrance of the attacks. Now, the daffodil tribute will complement the indoor memorial.
Funding for The Daffodil Project is made possible by Con Edison, the New York City Council, Ernst & Young and the Greenacre Foundation. Con Edison volunteers helped students plant bulbs at Saturday’s event.
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