Kaiser’s on a roll! Students spruce up Coney Park

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The recovery never stops.

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, students from John Dewey High School volunteered to make the People’s Playground a little brighter with a day of service.

Two dozen pupils from the Gravesend campus planted flowers and spruced up Kaiser Park in Coney Island on Oct. 29. And the day didn’t just mark two years since the mega storm, an organizer said.

“We were also commemorating the work students have done in park in last six to seven years — especially since Sandy,” said Dewey marine biology professor Lane Rosen, who brought kids from the school’s marine biology and robotics clubs to the service day. “We’ve gone out there two to three times a year.”

Students weeded and mulched sections of the 80-year-old park, and also planted 500 daffodil bulbs, he said.

The school did the work in conjunction with the city’s Partnership for Parks Catalyst Program, which builds and cares for parks in under-served communities.

The Parks Department paid for tools and materials, and the students eared a couple hours of community service for their efforts, Rosen said.

One student said the community service hours and networking opportunities were a plus, but the main reward is seeing your labor bear fruit.

“I did a bit of everything, but like digging and planing best — the next time you go back you get to see how it’s grown,” said Dewey senior Huocheng Huang.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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