The Grass Is Always Greener
Farmingdale High School’s Science National Honor Society Brings Eco-Friendly Initiatives To The Community
Farmingdale High School Science National Honor Society members have been busy “going green” this fall. Students spent their weekends coming together and cleaning the community and planting trees in the hopes of beautifying school grounds for current and future students to enjoy.
"To be admitted into the Science National Honor Society is indeed a great honor. These students not only achieve academically but they also are recognized for their work and creativity outside the classroom,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “To our SNHS students, science is more of a calling than simply an academic pursuit. I am so proud of our students' accomplishments and all the wonderful endeavors that await them in the years to come."
In early November, Honor Society members Erin Smyth, Haley Keener, Cole Hecker, Brenden Moritz, Danny McLoughlin, Farmingdale SNHS President Jaden Keener and their club moderator, Mike Boyd, planted 17 tree saplings on the east side of the Farmingdale High School grounds along Intervale Avenue. Thanks to the hard work of the students, who devoted an entire Saturday, the community can look forward to watching these trees grow and mature. In addition to sprucing up the community woods and planting saplings, the Science National Honor Society has been hard at work with assisting the Environmental Club with winterizing their gardens that are located in the outdoor classroom of the high school on the south-east side of the school.
"The students of the SNHS are amazing; their dedication to service and love for their community inspires me,” said Science National Honor Society moderator, Mike Boyd. “They have added, and continue to add, so many smiles to the world and they bring so much joy to my life. Led by Jaden Keener, with her brilliant and quixotic mind, we've done so much and have so much more to do to better our community, but it's always just one step at a time."
Science National Honor Society members, along with the Green Society, took part in another eco-friendly initiative by filling up two and a half pick-up-trucks with debris from the preserve behind the high school football field. More than one hundred students took time out of their day to lend a hand; students did work in shifts of about 20-30 people at a time in order to keep within COVID-19 regulations. The woods clean-up was led by SNHS President Jaden Keener, Officer Cole Hecker and Vice President Erin Smyth. Assisting the students were Mr. Boyd, Ms. Sheinwald, Mr. Donato, Mrs. Whitaker, and student teacher Ms. Saraniero. Farmingdale’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society meets every Tuesday to brainstorm new eco-conscious initiatives that they can implement in the community.