The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently donated a total of $5,000 to the Waldorf School of Garden City to contribute towards the School’s gardening program and the green club’s solar-powered irrigation system.
For over 65 years the Waldorf School has had a vibrant gardening and horticulture program. The School’s recently built greenhouse ensures year-round gardening where students can collect seeds and grow plants. Adjustable walls allow students to examine and control the greenhouse’s climate while exploring plants, as well as experiment with water movement, pollination and nutrition. The greenhouse is also equipped with a solar panel.
“Integrating a greenhouse as a learning environment offers boundless opportunities,” said Waldorf’s horticulture and gardening teacher Ms. Jeannine Davis, who recently led a group of 30 visiting teachers and college professors from Molloy College’s Sustainability Course as well as Nassau Community College. “Gardening promotes student responsibility, and helps develop students’ confidence and pride as they display and share the fruits (and vegetables and flowers) of their labor.” In addition to visiting the School’s gardens and greenhouse, Ms. Davis discussed crop rotation, organic pest management, composting, sustainable eating, companion planting and biodynamic gardening with the group of visiting educators.
Since the School’s beginnings in 1947, gardening and the environment have been an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum. Students play an active role in on-campus sustainability initiatives including composting, recycling and gardening. In the 1950s, former Waldorf School of Garden City teacher Marjorie Spock brought the county and state to trial for spraying DDT on her garden. Her persistence caught the eye of many journalists including Rachel Carson whose subsequent book Silent Spring (1962) played a significant role in the environmental movement and the creation of Earth Day.
“TD Bank is extremely happy to support an initiative that helps promote a more sustainable future and educates young people on the importance of the environment,” said Ed Blaskey, Market President, TD Bank. “We believe that social responsibility is more than just a phrase – it’s an integral part of our commitment to service and building stronger communities, and we are proud to work with an organization that supports these values.”
In addition to Waldorf’s 10-acre campus in Garden City, the Waldorf School of Garden City operates Camp Glen Brook which consists of 240 acres of farmland and forests in southwestern New Hampshire. For students, the entire gardening process awakens their senses and encourages an awareness and appreciation of the transformative values of nourishment, community, and stewardship of the land.
A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $108.4 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at approximately 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
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About the Waldorf School of Garden City
Located on Cambridge Avenue, adjacent to the Adelphi University campus, the Waldorf School of Garden City is a college preparatory day school teaching early childhood through Grade 12. For more information about the School and its unique curriculum, please call (516) 742-3434 or visit www.waldorfgarden.org.