ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sweetland, Director, Department of Water and Wastewater
“Bob” Donati, Collection System Leadperson,
Vaughn, Club Advisor, Benjamin Franklin Intermediate
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.