BEDFORD, N.Y. -- More than 300 students and staff left the campus of The Harvey School on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and spent the day helping to clean up nature trails and some of the facilities at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River .
The Upper School students in grades 9-12, working alongside their teachers and administrators, spent the entire day at the 4,000 acre park completing such tasks as widening the trail to the site of the former fire tower, installing water bars and dam stops on trails to combat erosion, opening trails that had become overgrown, painting the porch of the park office, installing a butterfly garden near the park office and identifying and wood-chipping the trail through the forest restoration project at the The Forest of Possibilities. Park Manager Jeff Main was very pleased and grateful for the work of The Harvey School contingent at Westchester’s largest park.
“The many hands provided by The Harvey School performed tasks at the Reservation that would have otherwise cost many employee (and volunteer) hours, not to mention how long it might have taken to schedule those projects into our other schedule of maintenance duties," said Main.
"The completion of these projects will provide benefits to the park visitors enhancing their WPRR experience.” The annual community service project, called Harvey Builds: A Day of Service, is a program started three years ago.
It was a great day and a wonderful opportunity for our students and faculty to work together to make a difference,” said Harvey’s Dean of Students Pat Normandeau. Main saw the day as equally beneficial to the Harvey students and their teachers. “I hope we can continue to build on this experience and perhaps explore other ways that The Harvey School can benefit from what the Reservation has to offer.” The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
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