PS 66 Q, The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, is a small neighborhood school providing education for 475 students from Pre-K-5 in the Richmond Hill-Woodhaven community. Our national, state, and New York City land marked building has been a stalwart in this area of Queens for 112 years. The mission of P.S. 66 is to be a school where all children work hard, make friends with one another and develop responsibility, truthfulness and respect within a safe learning environment.
Our first year of participation in the Daffodil Project was during the fall of 2009. Under the leadership of Principal Phyllis Leinwand, our students, in an effort to revitalize our school grounds and community, planted 500 daffodil bulbs. We explained to the students the purpose of the planting and that the tulips represented a memorial to the victims of 9/11.
After several science lessons on plants and their needs taught by Mrs. O’Gara and Mrs. Kraljic, every child at PS 66 Queens planted a daffodil bulb in our schoolyard under the supervision of teachers Roseann Amore, Theresa DiLiberto and Cassandra Strippoli. Peat moss and fertilizer were generously donated to us by Verdino Garden Center in South Ozone Park. Special thanks to parent volunteers, Mr. Darrin Lugaro for providing the time and “muscle” in tilling the earth and Mrs. Georgia Galane for helping with the planting.
The daffodils were planted along the perimeter of our front yard in a 2 foot wide swath. Each student prepared his planting spot, placed his bulb and covered it with soil. As the winter came to a conclusion, the children eagerly searched the ground for signs of sprouts. Finally, in early March we began to see signs of spring. The children were ecstatic to see green shoots breaking through the hard ground. How excited we all were upon returning from spring vacation to see the flowers in glorious bloom.