HSBC Bank USA Gives $75,000 To New York City’s First Green Summer Day Camp
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2008
Contact: Scott Stefan, 718-886-3800, ext. 216,
Flushing, New York, March 10, 2008 – This past Saturday, March 8, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., contributed $75,000 to New York City’s first green children’s day camp. Called HSBC Children’s Garden at Queens Botanical Garden, the spring, summer, and fall day camp teaches children, age 5 to 12 years old, about nature and sustainability through gardening, nutrition, and recycling. This is the seventh year HSBC Bank USA has supported Children’s Garden.
HSBC Senior Vice President and District Executive Elizabeth Lee and Vice President and Branch Manager Jae Shin presented a check to Patty Kleinberg, Queens Botanical Garden’s (QBG) Director of Education. QBG Board Chair Frank Mirovsky and Executive Director Susan Lacerte thanked the company for its long support of Children’s Garden in particular and environmental issues generally. HSBC has contributed $100 million globally to support environmental initiatives.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan cited HSBC as a perfect model of philanthropists who support worthy projects consistently over time. “They have a record of building institutions, not just funding programs,” said Padavan.
QBG Board Chair Mirovsky reminded everyone that HSBC’s first year of support was particularly timely. “HSBC supported Children’s Garden just as the City was cutting budgets in the wake of 9/11,” said Mirovsky. “In 2002, it looked like we might have to suspend the program but then HSBC stepped in to fill the void.”
HSBC Children’s Garden’s spring-summer-fall program is organized, in part, so children learn the rhythm of seasons. In the spring, kids plant vegetables and harvest lettuce, spinach, and radishes; in summer, they harvest the vegetables they planted in the spring and make a salad; and in winter, they harvest tomatoes, peppers, and spinach and learn to put a garden to sleep.
Along the way, the children learn about climate and nature with simple projects that dramatize forces in the environment. For instance, they make cookies in a simple solar oven they construct themselves. To learn about the critical role that bees play in pollinating plants, the children visit QBG’s beehives and watch beekeeper Urte Schaedle tend the hives.
To learn about recycling, the kids make paper seeded with parsley and basil that they use to create Mother’s Day cards (Mom can plant the card in her garden or flowerbox). They also make their own watering cans from recycled materials and learn to compost the cuttings from the garden.
Spring Children’s Garden is 9:30 am to 12 Noon on each Saturday from March 29 to June 14. Summer has two sessions: Session I is Mondays and Wednesdays from July 7 to August 27; Session II is Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8 to August 28. All summer sessions are 9:00 am to 4 pm, although half-days are also available. Fall is 9:30 am to 12 Noon on Saturdays from September 6 to September 27. Information about tuition for the camp is available from QBG’s Web site, www.queensbotanical.org
or by calling 718-886-3800, ext. 229.