Published in the July 25, 2016 edition.
WAKEFIELD — A group of Wakefield Adult Mentors (WAM Big Brothers/ Sisters) and their mentees met at the Dolbeare School on Friday, June 17, to weed and replant the school’s Friendship Garden.
The garden is an initiative started 10 years ago by mentor Len Hart, owner of Hart’s Ace Hardware at the corner of Main and Water streets.
Gardening at the site gives mentors and mentees an opportunity to share a different experience along with providing a service to the school community.
A special thanks went to Dolbeare School Principal Maureen Hughes and master gardener Adele Keohan for their support and assistance.
The replanting is an annual event, one of several sponsored by WAM throughout the years, and is in addition to the ongoing one-on-one interaction between the mentors and their mentees.
Founded in 2002 by Wakefield resident Bob Eldridge, WAM has been an outreach program of The Scholarship Foundation (formerly Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation) of Wakefield and is active in all three levels of the local public school system.
The WAM program is currently transitioning to sponsorship by Big Sisters/Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay and the process is expected to be complete by the end of the current school year.