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Newbridge Road Centennial Gardens Pays Homage To Past And Future

Photo courtesy of the North Bellmore School District

The 100th anniversary of Newbridge Road Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District is a cause for celebration and a chance for renewal. Technology teacher Michael Bevilacqua is spearheading the creation of a centennial garden that he and his sixth grade helpers hope will last for the next 100 years.

On April 17, work began on the front lawn for the bean-shaped garden that will include plants native to Long Island, such as cone flowers, goldenrod flowers, milk weeds and eastern white pines. As students began digging up the spot, they shook out and saved the dirt, which would be reused in the garden.

Mr. Bevilacqua said that with Newbridge Road hitting the century mark this year, adding a garden with plants that have been on Long Island for centuries was fitting. All sixth graders, who comprise this year’s graduating class, were able to help in some capacity, from digging to planting to mulching.

The completed centennial garden will be unveiled at the 100th anniversary celebration on May 3.

“We wanted to create something that would be a memory for the celebration,” Mr. Bevilacqua said. “The new garden represents 100 years of growing and learning.”

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