The St. Agnes Cathedral School welcomes fall with its annual Garden Potpourri. The 2016 Garden Potpourri will be held on October 14th and is open to the public. The event offers painted pumpkins, flowers and holiday decorations as well as delicious seasonal treats.
The Garden Potpourri features several local vendors and restaurants. Handmade items are also a highlight of the autumn sale. Wood donated by Greenway Products & Services is transformed by school parents into holiday crafts and festive indoor and holiday decorations. Creating handcrafted pieces from repurposed materials adds to the community feel of this special event. The Mothers Club, the parent organization at St. Agnes that hosts the Garden Potpourri, also makes and sells jams, salsas and relishes. This year, the Mother’s Club promises to give away its secret recipe for Hot Pepper Relish.
St. Agnes School in Rockville Center, NY is a coed Catholic day school for grades kindergarten through eighth grade. St Agnes enrolls over 700 students and is the largest Catholic school in its diocese. The school offers a nurturing yet competitive curriculum and its state test scores are often the highest in its district. The Garden Potpourris is the school’s major fundraiser of the year and its proceeds help pay for computers, iPads, smart boards, and other teaching technology. St. Agnes is a private school and does not receive state funding; therefore, the school relies on tuition and fundraising to support its curriculum.
Technology is essential in today’s classroom. Studies have found that students and teachers are more engaged when technology is integrated into lessons. Students may also produce higher quality work when they are able to work on computers. The U.S. Department of Education reports that students and teachers appreciate that using technology in the classroom creates more opportunities to practice problem solving—a skill that transcends academic life. Citing the importance of technology in schools, the president of the National Education Association says, “If our children are to excel in a fast-changing, global society, we must harness the technology resources they need to function in a digital age. We must remember our commitment to their future as we set priorities and establish policies on their behalf.”