NY4P in Staten Island Advance: The Daffodil Project at South Shore Schools

In Class: Students plant daffodils at South Shore schools

November 3, 2018

By Annalise Knudson

Students from four Staten Island schools planted about 1,000 daffodil bulbs last month.

The following school participated: PS 36, Annadale; PS 1, Tottenville; PS 6, Tottenville; and Bernstein Intermediate School (I.S. 7), Huguenot.

The students were joined by Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore).

The daffodils were distributed through a partnership between Borelli and New Yorkers for Parks -- which runs the Daffodil Project, an initiative created in the aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as a way to remember those lost.

“It’s mornings like these when I feel proudest to be a New Yorker,” said Borelli. “Yellow is the color of remembrance, and each year New Yorkers from Tottenville to Throggs Neck are treated to the sight of millions of yellow daffodils thanks to the efforts of the New Yorkers for Parks, which has planted and distributed many millions of bulbs since they started this initiative in 2002.”

Borelli also thanked Gabriella Cappo of New Yorkers for Parks, and the principals of each participating school.

“We are so grateful to Councilmember Borelli for this opportunity to further enhance the beauty of our building and create a welcoming environment for our students as they arrive each day,” said Dr. Nora de Rosa, principal of I.S. 7.

Lynn Kelly, executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, said the students represent the “next generation of open space stewards.”

“By working with their fellow students and city leaders they’ll learn that simple projects can improve their community in a big way,” she added.

Read the article on the Staten Island Advance website