Community Collaboration was the strength of the Niagara-Wheatfield eco-campus revitalization project at the Niagara-Wheatfield schools. More than 75 students and adults worked side-by-side on a crisp, rainy Saturday morning in October. For some, it was their first experience not only using a rake, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, but planting flowers and trees and spreading mulch. It was certainly a new challenge.
Event Chairperson Pat Sullivan said, "Though it was hard work, no one ever said they would not do the tasks. They learned from one another and developed a camaraderie working side-by-side - the young and the not so young). It was a rewarding experience for all."
The revitalization project is sponsored by the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District, Rotary Club of Niagara County Central, and the Niagara River Greenway Commission. The goal is to remove overgrown vegetation and plant fast-growing, sun-loving, native plants, as well as install wayfinding and interpretive signage along the trail to make it a family-friendly and safe venue to walk or bike.
The cost of phase one is $2,200. Those interested in making a tax-deductible donation can make checks payable to: Niagara Wheatfield ECO Campus Revitalization Project. Mail to: Rotary Club Niagara County Central, P.O. Box 204, Sanborn, New York 14132.