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Lewis School mixes plants and art for fun and profit

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Donald Kotler of Toast restaurant on S.E. 52nd gets moral support from his daughter Gretchen - a Lewis student -- at the grill, as he prepares pancakes. Morning drizzles didn’t slow down the fun at the sixth annual “Garden and Art Fair” on May 3rd at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School in Woodstock.

“Today, plants donated from the community, along with those grown by our students, are selling well,” smiled PTA Fundraising Chair Shawn Jaquiss. “We have a wonderful art and craft market inside the gymnasium, with handmade goods from all over the city!”

And, out behind the school, student guides were taking visitors on a narrated tour of the garden.

“Our goal is to raise $4,000, and it looks like we’re well on our way, in the first hours of the event,” Jaquiss remarked, crediting the success to the 30 volunteers who’d worked hard to put on the fair.

“The money we raise goes to support the programs that the PTA provides for the school,” said Jaquiss. “We provide computer programs, educational support, curriculum support, transportation for field trips, and parties for the school, for example.”

Shopping, tours, food – and live music by the “Slippery Slope” trio – made it a fun day for neighbors from Woodstock, and beyond.