NJ Students, SCA Build Trail

Fair Lawn Patch
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Four Fair Lawn High School students worked under the guidance of the Student Conservation Association for three weeks this summer to build a walking path, clear debris and improve drainage and other conditions at the 17-acre Fair Lawn Arboretum.
 
Kathy Meneghin, a science teacher at FLHS who uses the space for her horticulture classes, contracted the SCA, a non-profit organization that provides young people with the opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a positive impact on the world around them. This program involved hiring the Fair Lawn students to construct a walking path to make the area more accessible to the public and introduced the students to career options in conservation and outdoor/environmental leadership.
 
Students Aviva Zand, Noah Mandel, Zach Markowitz, and Julia Rios joined forces to build a walking trail nearly half a mile long. They also built a 12-ft bridge to cross a small stream, and improved the drainage of the stream. A turnpike was built to allow pedestrians to walk across an area that is frequently flooded. 
 
Ms. Meneghin raised $12,000 to fund this project, mainly by selling Pop Tarts from a snack cart. The SCA also matched the donations from privately funded sources.
 
From Pablo Galesi, SCA coordinator: “I was so impressed with the amount of work that this small crew had accomplished in 9 days and can say confidently that they were one of the hardest working crews I have seen during my time with SCA.”