UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. (September 22, 2017) – R&S Landscaping’s Specialty Gardener, Julie Watson and Joseph Young worked with students at Upper Saddle River Children’s Academy to decorate their grounds for fall and prepare the garden for early spring color.
Upper Saddle River Children’s Academy, located at 500 E. Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River, seeks to provide a nurturing environment where children can develop a healthy, happy and secure approach to learning and living.
Julie spearheaded the day by educating the students about the fall season. Then an anxious group of Pre-K students were selected to help unload the R&S truck filled with, gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, fall plantings, a large pumpkin, and a scarecrow. The remaining students used their strong muscles to carry each item to the display area. Once all of the items were unloaded, the students collectively had the chance to design and place each item to form their very own harvest display. As a departing gift, R&S provided each student with a daffodil bulb to take home and plant for the upcoming spring color.
“Because we were working with children at an early age, we wanted the students to understand that individually their contribution matters,” said Robert Schucker, president of R&S Landscaping. “At the same time, when their role was part of a team effort, they were able to create something beautiful that was bigger than themselves.”
The second part of day included Kindergarten students who were educated on the importance of planting bulbs in the fall for spring color. After the short education piece, the students helped clear the area of debris to prepare for bulb planting. The students took turns planting their own daffodil bulb along the front of their school. Together, they planted over 30 bulbs that will gather nutrients from the soil over the winter and then bloom at the first signs of spring in 2018.
“At R&S, we believe it’s never too early to inspire an appreciation for gardening and nature’s beauty, Schucker said. “In a time when many of these students are already using computers on a daily basis, we believe it’s important to connect them with nature on a personal level. These classes can take pride knowing they had a personal involvement in the beautiful fall and spring color just outside their classrooms.”