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Building bountiful relationships within the community
photo of giving gardenHigh School seniors enrolled in the Building Trades program at Erie 1 BOCES Potter Career & Technical Center assisted with a community service project.  In October, the class removed and replaced several raised planter beds at the Giving Garden in Hamburg.

“I saw it as a great opportunity for my students to practice their hands-on skills while also giving back to the community,” said David Grieco, Erie 1 BOCES building trades instructor.”

The Giving Garden sprang to life following the efforts of two mothers of school aged children at Union Pleasant Elementary School. Seeds of Living Education, a nonprofit entity governed by a board whose membership represents parents, teachers, community businesses and concerned community members, now operates the garden.

Hamburg Central School District is a component of Erie 1 BOCES and three of the eight students involved hailed from Hamburg High School. This is the second project that BOCES building trades students have tackled for the Giving Garden. Prior to this fall the class also built the organization’s 20x20’ teaching building.
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