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Ben Franklin School Celebrates Earth Day

MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2004
Media Contacts:  
Patrick Sweetland, Director, Department of Water and Wastewater Resources
(650) 991-8200
Robert “Bob” Donati, Collection System Leadperson, DWWR (650) 991-8200
Annette Vaughn, Club Advisor, Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School (650) 991-1200
Ben Franklin School Celebrates
Earth Day With New Student Garden
Daly City’s Gateway Garden Co-Founder To Be Honored


Daly City – Daly City’s veteran city employee Robert “Bob” Donati will be the guest of honor at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School on Thursday, April 22nd. Starting at 2 p.m., at 700 Stewart Avenue in Daly City, about 30 student members in the school’s Environmental Club will gather and dedicate the newly completed Student Garden, in observance of Earth Day.

The idea behind the Student Garden came about last year, after the Environmental Club’s tour of the Gateway Garden, Daly City’s environmental-friendly, pesticide-free garden located on John Daly Boulevard, across the street from Westlake Shopping Center, adjacent to the Department of Water and Wastewater Resources administrative offices and plant. Gateway Garden, which has been funded by the Gellert Foundation over the years, was founded by DWWR employees Donati and Dean Vittori in 1997.

“The students saw our garden and wanted to replicate it at their school. I was thrilled to see their enthusiasm and interest in organic gardening. I was more than happy to serve as their advisor for this very worthwhile project,” commented Donati, a Daly City employee for 18 years and a graduate of Ben Franklin School.

The Student Garden is gated inside the school property, complete with a bench and a water feature. The greenhouse and border beds will be used to grow organic vegetables. The produce harvested will be shared with seniors in the area, and will also be served at the school cafeteria. The garden was funded in part by the Gellert Foundation, as well as many fundraising efforts by the students.

A reception follows the dedication ceremony at Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School.

For more information about the Gateway Garden, call the Department of Water and Wastewater Resources at (650) 991-8200.

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