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Assisted by children from the neighborhood as well as from other parts of the country, Nechama Rivlin, the wife of the President of the State, will this afternoon (Thursday) inaugurate an educational community garden on the grounds of the President’s Residence.
The educational garden is a first-time initiative and is intended as a year-round place of activity in which children will learn about plants and how to tend them.
At the inauguration ceremony they will plant herbs, and at some later stage will also plant shrubs and flowers. They will be assisted and encouraged at the planting by both President Rivlin and the first lady.
The new enterprise is planned in such a way as to enable groups of children to adopt a plot within the garden to nurture as their own, and thereby learn to appreciate the beauty of nature.
This will be the second time in the short period that the President has been in office that the Rivlins have hosted a special event for children. The first was during Operation Protective Edge when they brought children from southern communities for a day of fun at the President’s Residence.
One of those children was four-year-old Daniel Tregerman, who was killed by mortar fire from an UNWRA facility in Gaza that struck Kibbutz Nahal Oz where his family lived.
President Rivlin was among those who eulogized the little boy at his funeral.
Nechama Rivlin, a grandmother who has ample experience in keeping her grandchildren entertained and busy, has many creative, child-oriented ideas that she wants to introduce at the President’s Residence in the year ahead.