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Pumpkin Patch 2018

Hundreds of students, family members, Barnard staff, friends and neighbors came to Amy's Greenhouse for Pumpkin Patch 2018.  The weather remained clear, but a tent was on hand just in case.  There was donuts and cider to enjoy.  There were long lines for face painting and pumpkins were getting painted throughout the entire event.  There was a fantastic costume parade at noon and everyone had a great time.

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9-11-2018 Ceremony (held on 9-12-18)

This article was published on the district newsletter on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Celebrating 'Life and Light' at Amy's Greenhouse

They come each year to honor Amy Doherty, who was lost in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, and to celebrate the place of "light and life" that has grown from her memory.

They gather at the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center, home to Amy's Greenhouse, which was built with donations in Doherty's name. It has become a center of learning and personal growth for students.

"We come here for the celebration of life and light - our moments of joy and our moments of strength - as we see these curious, wonderful minds become more enthusiastic and creative," said Iona College Brother Kevin Devlin.

Doherty was the daughter of Geraldine Davie, who was a teacher at Barnard on September 11, 2001.

The annual Amy's Greenhouse 9-11 Memorial Ceremony was held in the auditorium this year because of the threat of rain. Afterward, participants toured the greenhouse. There, they viewed educational exhibits showing the authentic learning experiences children receive. In the ceremony, held a day later than usual because school was closed on Tuesday, New Rochelle police officers and firefighters received a standing ovation.

New Rochelle Board of Education President Jeffrey Hastie read the Toni Morrison poem, "The Dead of September 11." State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, state Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Westchester County Clerk Timothy Idoni, who was New Rochelle's mayor during September 2001, and others addressed the audience.

The greenhouse opened in 2005. A patio and gazebo were added later. The center serves students born years after the tragedy, including the second-graders who were happy to sing as part of this week's ceremony.

"I like singing because that's my thing," said one of the students, Elizabeth Adamson.

Kathleen Connelly, the Amy's Greenhouse coordinator, announced 25 new bricks purchased by community members to honor those lost, to welcome new babies to the world and on behalf of local businesses.

Geraldine Davie said the annual ceremony eases what is a challenging time of year for her.

"Amy's looking down on me. She's looking down on all of you," she said. "Thank you all. I'm so grateful!"

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Pumpkin Patch 2017

Dozens and dozens of families enjoyed a wonderful Pumpkin Patch event on Saturday, October 14th.  The children selected pumpkins from the grassy hill and painted them.  Everyone enjoyed donuts and apples.  The costume parade was spectacular with so many colorful costumes.  Here are a few photos of the day.  Please note that the slideshows take a moment to load.

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9-11 Ceremony 2017

After school on the patio of Amy's Greenhouse, Barnard School acknowledged 9-11 in a respectful and well attended event led by first grade teacher Kathleen Connolly, who is heading the Amy's Greenhouse project at the school.  State Senator George Latimer and State Assemblyman Steve Otis participated with Mayor Bramson.

Students led the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem was sung by 2nd grade teacher Deatra Baily, accompanied by music teacher Christopher Stelluti.  The invocation was given by Brother Devlin of Iona College.

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Commemorative bricks were unveiled by Barnard students.  Mayor Bramson, Superintendent of Schools Brian Osborne and Principal Cracco delivered remarks.  Members of the New Rochelle Fire Department attended.

A Barnard alumni read a poem about a sunflower and Kathleen Connolly delivered words of gratitude.

Amy O'Doherty's mom, Geraldine Davie spoke to the audience of family, friends, Barnard staff, students and dignitaries.  She tearfully recalled the events of 9-11 from 16 years ago and related how the greenhouse came to be.

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Mother's Day Plant Sale 2017

The heavy rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of all who attended our annual Mother's Day Plant Sale at Barnard School.  We moved the event into the gym and from 11:00am until 2:00pm families created Mother's Day gift plants and construction paper greeting cards.  The children had their faces painted and enjoyed spending time with their classmates, teachers and friends.  All enjoyed healthy and sweet snacks, pizza and donated Starbucks coffee.  (Thanks Starbucks Larchmont!)



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