Anthony Amato Memorial Garden
Our school was built in 1936. Our charter was planted 3 1/2 years ago by Anthony Amato. He was a former superintendant who returned to the school level because that's where the most change can be facilitated. Before he died, we were working on reclaining our courtyard. For years it has been used as a parking lot, selling our greenspace to the surrounding lawfirms and businesses seemed like a good idea. Our students walk blocks to Lafayette Square to have a place for PE and any type of outdoor time. When Mr Amato passed, we decided to continue his dream and create an outdoor recreation area. It will have outdoor classrooms, a stage, basketball/ volleyball court and a memorial garden.
Rouse's, our neighbors to the West, has a beautiful rooftop garden and we are reaching out to them for advice as well as assistance. We are working with Parks and Parkways and the Downtown Development District as well. I've worked in all the public schools in New Orleans and there are a very few with any type of garden. All of the one's that do have a garden are elementary/ jr. high with connections to massive groups (Edible Schoolyard, Green school etc...) I stand firm in my belief that gardens are just as, if not more important for high school students.
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