By Gillian Rozicer
Photography by Jeannette Michelson, Garden Club Photographer
The Garden Club of LBI presented its first post-pandemic children’s library program on Wednesday, April 20 at the Ocean County Library in Surf City. Local school children in grades three through six attended the Earth Day themed program. Activities focused on pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and the plants they need to survive.
Jeannette Michelson, Garden Club of LBI Youth Committee Chair, and co-chairs, Ginny Scarlatelli and Margo Bartiromo presented the children with bee antennae headbands and set them to work on flower arrangements of white daisies, blue statice, and big bright gold super-pollinator sunflowers. Each child received a packet of wildflower seeds to grow their own pollinators at home.
A guest appearance was made by “Recycling Hero”, Mary Wilding, Garden Club of LBI Environmental chair, dressed in a costume covered with recyclable bottles and bags. An enthusiastic discussion followed as the children displayed a wonderful knowledge of this important Earth Day topic.
The children then played Flower Bingo, a fun way to learn the names of flowers. At the end of the busy program, the children gathered their flower arrangements and proudly headed for home, wearing their bee antennae headbands.