Students in Danielle Silverstein’s 4th grade reading class at are spending the spring interviewing people who make a difference.
At the recommendation of student Gabriel Germain, his mother, Mindy Germain visited the class to speak about her involvement in the community in her role as executive director of Residents for A More Beautiful Port Washington.
Students asked lots of questions. They wanted to know what inspired Germain to work at Residents. Her answer? Love of Port Washington coupled with caring for and connecting with the earth. Asked about her future plans, Germain aims to continue to make progress in the community.
When students inquired about Germain's most enjoyable projects, Germain said put as top priorties the cleaning up of , planting the Slade Garden, working on the , and collaborating with the community to create a more walkable and vibrant Main Street.
Germain encouraged the students to walk more with their families this summer, and try to use their cars less. She also told the children she was proud of the new rain water collection unit recently installed adjacent to the that she worked on as Co-Chair of the Daly Green Committee.
“Our basic needs are soil for growing food, clean water and clean air," Germain said. "It is so important to connect our behavior to those things.”
At the end of her visit, Germain handed out frisbees made of recycled products.
Special thanks to Danielle Silverstein, the reading teacher at Daly Elementary School.