587 Route 22 East, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Planting Day Creates Readington Township Community Garden

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018
Contact: Judith Serra, Phone: (908) 534-0026 Email: jserra@whitehouseprep.org

Whitehouse Preparatory School’s Planting Day Put the Final Touches On Their New Readington Township Community Butterfly Garden.

The staff, families,alumni and current students of Whitehouse Prep came together to plant native nectaring plants and milkweed to create a Monarch Waystation for butterflies in their sponsored Readington Township Community Garden on Sunday June 11th.

It might have been a rainy day, but that did not stop the students and families from Whitehouse Prep from planting 154 native nectaring plants in their sponsored Community Garden. “It was such a great feeling to see alumni from as far back as ten years ago and current families working together to create such a beautiful garden,” said Judith Serra,Head of School and founder of Whitehouse Prep.

The children learn about monarch butterflies as a part of their experiential science curriculum at Whitehouse Prep. One of the main objectives of the preschool and kindergarten curriculum is to learn to appreciate nature and then spread that appreciation of nature to the community as stewards of the environment. This community project gave them the perfect opportunity to carry out their stewardship for years to come. In addition to planting the plants, the families have all signed up for days to water and take care of the garden as well. According to Judith Serra, “This will give the children an opportunity to not only execute a plan that they developed but to learn responsibilty and the importance of caring for nature.” As an outcome of their curriculum “Tools of the Mind”, creating a plan and then doing what they planned is something that is taught at Whitehouse Prep.

Prehaps the most exciting thing that happened in the creation of this special community garden was that when the children and parents were creating the beds in early May, one of the children found a monarch egg on an exisiting milkweed plant. They took it back to school and fed it lots of milkweed leaves, watched it create its chrysalis and on June 12th (two days after the planting day), the monarch caterpillar emerged from its chrysalis and was released from the school. It was a great moment for the staff and children to see it fly away in hopes that it will fly to their new garden.

The teachers and staff are all trained through the Monarch Teacher’s Network and they all have a passion for making sure that this beautiful butterfly continues to exist. The newly formed Waystation at the Readington Community Garden is certified through Monarch Watch and its Waystation number is 19358. They will now document that they had their first released butterfly from the Waystation on June 12th. It very well may be the first Monarch Butterfly raised and released from a Waystation in NJ. For more information on how to create,conserve and protect Monarch Butterflies you can visit www.MonarchWatch.org.



About Whitehouse Prep

Whitehouse Prep is a Pre-School and Kindergarten located in Whitehouse Station, NJ serving Central NJ families with children 2 ½-6 years of age. The school’s curriculum challenges and motivates each child while fostering a true and genuine love of learning. The curriculum used is the research based and NAEYC endorsed program Tools of the Mind. Whitehouse Prep’s programs go beyond the classroom environment and integrate music, language, arts, theater, physical education, gardening, and many more special programs to create a well-rounded learning environment. The school offers an educational before and after school program that meets the scheduling needs of our families.  Programs are taught by experienced, state Certified teachers, all of whom provide high quality instruction that educate the whole child, each mind in its own time. Teachers have Bachelor’s Degrees, are specialized in the age they teach, and have Tools of the Mind Curriculum training.  The school also has a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Dance, Karate, Sports, and Music Notes Academy to make it easy for families to make one stop for their child’s learning.

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