6th graders building green space at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Students at a local school now have a place to unwind and de-stress.

6th graders at the Martin Luther King, Jr. School, who participate in Sisters II Sisters — a mentorship, community engagement, social emotional growth and STEM program — are building a peace garden. The new space will be a place for the students to relax and focus on both physical and mental health. The space will also serve as an outdoor classroom when the weather permits.

“The whole purpose for this is to drive out hate so this is a community initiative here at the school so that kids can have a place to decompress and look at things that are beautiful and just calm them down. And maybe for peer mediation as well,” 6th Grade Teacher Jeronda Griffin said.

Students from Sisters II Sisters spent their morning planting flowers and greenery in the school’s unused courtyard with Broccolo owner Laurie Broccolo and her staff. The students have been working with Broccolo on horticulture education and to design the Peace Garden, a calming place the girls plan to use as a serene place to talk about their feelings and to ensure they are on a path to success physically and mentally. Broccolo provided horticulture education and oversite in addition to financial assistance.

The Gandhi Institute awarded $1,000 towards the project, Steeltech Fabrications offered to build a custom bench and trellises and Broccolo provided horticulture education and oversite in addition to financial assistance.

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