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JEF ‘Seed Money’ Grows a Garden

The Jericho Educational Foundation continues to support and enrich the community by funding projects that will enhance the standard of educational excellence in the Jericho School District. This spring, the JEF sought funding proposals from the district’s elementary school teachers with the hope of providing “seed money” to launch a new project.

The funded initiative, developed by Jackson Elementary School teachers Laurie Oddo, Lori Salzman, and Lois Wittmann, takes the phrase “seed money” literally! As the proposal states, a “Jackson School Garden [would] provide an environment in which students can discover the joy of growing plants and learn about the relationship between people, plants, and wildlife. Generally gardens are a great way to get students excited about learning and interested in a variety of topics. Students develop knowledge of, and appreciation for, living things while finding success in activities geared to all levels of ability.”

Upon learning of their successful funding, the teachers wrote, “It is an honor to be chosen as recipients of the JEF Initiative Program and we accept with pleasure! We are looking forward to providing the Jackson School, as well as the Jericho community, with a wonderful learning experience that will enhance all aspects of the elementary curriculum.”

The Jericho Educational Foundation raises funds by sponsoring educationally-oriented events and through generous contributions. For further information and to support the JEF’s efforts, visit the Jericho Educational Foundation website at