Gardeners’ Guild Donates 38 Books to Braintree Public Schools ~ 2014

One of the goals of the Gardeners’ Guild of Braintree is to promote interest in and knowledge of our environment, its protection and its preservation.  For the 24th consecutive year, the Guild has continued its tradition of donating books related to these topics to every grade in the Braintree public school system to be used in their media centers.

Lucille Barton, GGB founder and retired Braintree schoolteacher, along with Catherine Avellino, Ross School teacher and fellow guild member, selected 15 books this year for their appropriateness and appeal to each grade level.  Guild member Judy Caristi attached bookplate labels to each of the 38 books donated.

Guild President Barbara Black made the formal presentation to Maureen S. Murray, Ed.D. Superintendent of the Braintree Public Schools at the Flaherty School on October 8, 2014.  Flaherty School Principal Stacey Soto, as well as Tina O’Brien, GGB Publicity, attended the presentation along with a group of Flaherty School students.

The Kindergarten Center received three books:  “From Seed to Pumpkin” by Wendy Pfeffer , “The Salamander Room” by Anne Mazer, and “Snowflakes Fall” by Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg.

Each of the six elementary schools – Flaherty, Highlands, Hollis, Liberty, Morrison and Ross – received four books: “Eagle” by Judy Allen ,  “A Spring Story” by David Updike,  “Everybody’s Somebody’s Lunch” by Cherie Mason and “Hey Diddle Diddle, A Food Chain Tale” by Pam Kapchinske.

The East and South Middle Schools received three books each: “Walt Whitman” by Catherine Reef,  “Postcard History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts” by James B Tedesco & Paul H. Tedesco and “Boston, A Visual History” by Jonathan Beagle, Ph. D..

Braintree High School received six books: “Wild Cape Cod, free by nature” by John & Pamela King,  “North Shore Wide - The Panoramas” by A.P. Richmond,  “A Natural History of North American Trees” by Donald Culross Peattie,  “The Charles River, A History of Greater Boston’s Waterway” by Ted Clarke,  “Blue Hope, Exploring and Caring for Earth’s Magnificent Ocean” by Sylvia A. Earle and “Robert Frost’s New England” by Betsy and Tom Melvin.

This program is funded entirely by the GGB as one if its many community endeavors.  Its primary annual fundraiser is the Christmas House Tour this year entitled “Christmas by the River”.  It will be held on December 7th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The Holiday Boutique, also on December 7th, will feature more than 40 vendors displaying and selling their handcrafted wares such as clothing, jewelry, home decor items, gift baskets and holiday foods.  As always there will be decorated fresh green wreaths and stunning centerpieces made by guild members.  It will be held in the Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entry to the boutique and refreshments are free with a house tour ticket.  Without a ticket, there will be a $2.00 entrance fee.  For other Guild and membership information, visit the website at
**Pictured left to right:  Braintree Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Murray;  President of The Gardeners’ Guild Barbara Black; Flaherty School Principal Stacey Soto; and Flaherty students Cassidy Tan; Yigit Yalcinkaya; Brian Nguyen and Camryn Perry.   Courtesy image.