A Commemorative Garden

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Rocky Point Middle School’s eighth-grade science research class helped to create a butterfly garden in the building’s courtyard for retiring math and science teacher Anne Kalinowski.

The class, which is taught my Jennifer Madigan, learned about the lifecycle of butterflies, their habitats and diets before working to hatch several for the garden. In the coming weeks, they plan to plant milkweed and parsley, because those are believed to foster butterfly development and growth.

Ms. Madigan, who was taught chemistry by Ms. Kalinowski when she was in 11th grade, was inspired to introduce the project to the class as both a character building and educational experience.

“As a teacher and colleague, Ms. Kalinowski taught me about butterflies and I thought this would be a beautiful tribute to commemorate the service of an outstanding and dedicated teacher,” said Ms. Madigan.