Harbor Child alumnus builds center a new outdoor classroom

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Harbor Child Care unveiled a new, outdoor classroom Wednesday that an alumnus helped build as an Eagle Scout project. (Photo courtesy of Harbor Child Care)

In October 2017 Johnny Tretolo called the Executive Offices of Harbor Child Care.

Tretolo was no ordinary caller. He is a Harbor alumnus seeking assistance in becoming an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop No. 45. Harbor was more than happy to respond favorably to Tretolo ’s request.

Tretolo was a pre-kindergartener in the Bumblebees classroom at the Harbor Herricks Center in New Hyde Park instructed by head teacher Evette Sandifer. Tretolo chose to build an outdoor classroom learning environment in the remaining unused space of the Harbor Herricks courtyard for his Eagle Scout project. Tretolo ’s choice is based on his fond memories and experiences of Harbor and his favorite teacher Ms. Evette.

Tretolo used the proceeds from his well-organized fundraising to purchase soil, grass seed, plants, flowers, shrubs, and student and teacher benches to comprise the outdoor classroom. Harbor assisted with a clothing drive and collected nearly 100 bags of clothing.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the outdoor classroom learning environment was held last Wednesday.

A few months ago this area of the courtyard consisted of a pile of dirt and rocks. Now the area just rocks.

Harbor Child Care  appreciates the support and friendship of the Herricks School District in support of this endeavor. They wish to also thank Harbor’s Board of Directors, parents and staff for their unending love and support of child care initiatives throughout the year.

Harbor Child Care is a not-for-profit child care organization, which has been in existence for over 40 years. It provides the highest quality of instruction for every child in a first-rate early childhood setting. Since it’s inception it believes over 20,000 children have experienced the warm, kind, and intelligent community that is Harbor Child Care. It currently serves approximately 1,000 children across six centers in Nassau County in early childhood, school age and summer programs.  Its staff-to-child ratios are in accordance to NYS Office of Children and Family Services regulations.

Please visit our website at www.harborchildcare.org for further information about Harbor Child Care locations, programs and events

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