Volunteers from several different companies working on the hardscape portion of the project at The Forum School.

Volunteers from several different companies working on the hardscape portion of the project at The Forum School.

WALDWICK, NJ – The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA) recently completed its 2015 Day of Service project at The Forum School. The Forum School is a private, non-profit school for students with autism and other neurological dysfunctions. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Members of the NJLCA volunteer time and donate equipment and materials for the Day of Service project each year to help children in local communities. The inspiration for the project came from Danielle Goldstein, an Occupational Therapy Assistant major at Eastwick College, and daughter of Rich Goldstein, Treasurer of the NJLCA.

The school requested a sensory garden to help teachers educate students about the different senses, using plant material with different colors, textures and scents and garden structures including a pondless water fountain and colorful “talk-tube” for sound. The NJLCA also built an outdoor classroom, including built-in seating and raised planters.

“When we first saw the plans, we expected a nice, colorful perennial garden for our students and teachers. However, now that the project is complete, we are amazed at how beautiful the outdoor classroom is. We can’t wait to start using it,” said Brian Detlefsen, principal of The Forum School.

The NJLCA members have donated over $500,000 in goods and services to New Jersey communities during the past several years. These volunteer projects include the renovation of the Charles Mastik Memorial Little League Field, Little Ferry, NJ in 2014, Schulteis Farm, Clifton, NJ in 2012, Ho-Ho-Kus School in 2011, Fairview 9/11 Memorial in 2011, Eisenhower Middle School, Wyckoff, NJ in 2010 and No-Be-Bos-Co Boy Scout Camp, Blairstown, NJ in 2009.