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For the record

January 07, 2007

First Data Merchant Services Inc. of Hagerstown has provided underwriting support for Renfrew Institute's farmstead program, FourSquares: The Pennsylvania German Garden.

During the second-grade program, students are introduced to the four-square garden and its importance in the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans of the 1800s as a source of food and medicines.

This past year, more than1,100 area students experienced seasonal garden tasks like those done by farm children of the 1800s. They learned the significance of the four squares, and delighted in getting dirt under their fingernails as they planted, harvested and explored the abundance of life (both plant and insect) in the garden. Concepts in historic preservation, farmstead culture, folklore, plant biology, natural history, ecology and environmental awareness are included in the program.

Renfrew Institute is a nonprofit educational organization providing environmental education programs to area children. The institute also interprets an 1800s Pennsylvania German farmstead. More than 8,000 student visits were recorded this year to institute programs.

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Students from U. L. Gordy Elementary School in Chambersburg, Pa., learned about planting in Renfrew's Pennsylvania German four-square garden this spring. First Data Merchant Services Inc. of Hagerstown provided underwriting support for the program.

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