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M&T Bank donates to Renfrew

July 03, 2010
  • M&T Bank officials and Renfrew Institute directors recently met near the site of the institute's Pennsylvania German Four-Square Garden to present a check in support of the garden program. Pictured, from left, are Richard Hersh, Renfrew Institute director; Greg White and Tim Parry, M&T Bank representatives; Vickie Howe, M&T Bank regional manager; and Debi Duffey, Renfrew Institute director.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. - M&T Bank recently presented a $2,500 check to Renfrew Institute in support of the institute's farmstead interpretive program "Four Squares: The Pennsylvania German Garden."

During this two-hour program, students are introduced to the four-square garden and its importance in the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans of the 1800s. They also learn the significance of the four-square garden design. Hands-on activities involve students in seasonal garden tasks, including planting, watering, sorting and harvesting. Concepts in historic preservation, farmstead culture, folklore, plant biology, natural history, ecology and environmental awareness are included. The instructors, dressed in period clothing, help students compare life in the 1800s with modern life.

With a long history of community involvement, the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation supplies millions of dollars every year to a wide range of community-based organizations.

Renfrew Institute hosts nearly 10,000 student visits annually to its school program series that serves the region with environmental education and Pennsylvania German farmstead interpretive programming. The institute is headquartered in Waynesboro at Renfrew Museum and Park, which provides facility support.

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