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Butterfly Gardens at Local Schools

Author: Steven Schrayer
Students working
On October 30th and November 3rd, Community Development and Community and Regional Planning students along with community connectors and middle school students planted butterfly gardens at two local schools: Hope Partnership for Education in North Philadelphia, and Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia.  The Butterfly Garden project included not only the gardens, but tools for the young gardeners, books on butterfly identification and life cycles, and gift certificates to use at Greensgrow Farms to add more plants in the future.  
Students helping with school butterfly gardens
This was made possible through a grant to to Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor and Interim Chair fo the Community and Regional Planning department from Wells Fargo to develop and implement Green Neighborhood Tool Kit recommendations with two community partners: Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha and People’s Emergency Center.   The Green Neighborhood Tool Kit was developed by students in the 2015 Community Development Workshop course.  The Wells Fargo funding also enabled Dr. Mandarano to hire Brad Vassallo (BS CDEV ’16) and Kyle Brown (MS CRP ’16) as interns to work directly with the community partners to facilitate implementing Green Neighborhood Tool Kit recommendations.