Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

August 29, 2013

Banner a vivid symbol of community pride

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Two other initiatives deserve pats on the back as well.

Thanks to the Andover Garden Club, parent volunteers and student interns, the sustainable garden at Andover High School is thriving once again and now has a healthy future ahead of it. Parent volunteers took control over the plot as it was about to go fallow last year and the garden club came through with a donation to help with equipment.

Now, an environmental science class is back in the curriculum and will make the garden part of its lesson plan. The garden is a good example of hands-on learning for students, and we’re glad to see that it will continue to reap some valuable benefits, at least for the foreseeable future.

A collaborative effort to create a memorable summer for youths at the Memorial Circle public housing complex is also worthy of recognition.

Through the efforts of parent Claire Stahley and town recreation director Kim Stamas and the generosity of the Andona Society, 24 youngsters got to spend their summer at day camp at Reservation Park. Kerri O’Dea, a special education teacher at Wood Hill Middle School, made sure the youths continued to sharpen their reading skills through a summer book club. And Phillips Academy student Liddy Kasraian of Andover organized a backpack drive to give the youths the tools to start the new school year off on the right foot.

The fact these achievements were brought about largely through the commitment of volunteers — with nothing to gain but improving the lives of others and making their community a better place to live — only makes them that much more deserving of praise.

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