A BOCES special education class of New Hartford High School students had the opportunity to test their green thumbs with a visit to Hamilton’s Taylor Science Center greenhouse on March 2. The visit was coordinated by Hillary Joy Pitoniak, Greenhouse and Invertebrate Care Technician, with the help of Kara Pintye-Everett ’17, who is a COOP service intern at Madison-Oneida BOCES.
The BOCES students planted various vegetable seeds; the seedlings will later be donated to the refugee gardens in Utica. Pitoniak works with the gardens as a member of the Utica Community Garden Stakeholder Committee.
Melanie Chambrone of BOCES said “Kara and Hillary have been a godsend. This has been a win-win with our students learning skills while helping the community.”