The students invited YMCA youth to the garden to take part in lessons in science, technology, engineering and math, and how they relate to the Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities.
The 13 participants enrolled in the paid summer internship presented hydroponic gardens, methods of water purification and lessons in composting at the program's culminating event.
“You guys get it more than we older folks got it in those days and really have an appreciation for what it means to be green,” said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol.
Lentol applauded the children for participating in the program and expanding their knowledge of the environment.
“Now you have an opportunity to save the world,” he said. “I’d take my hat off for them if I brought it, but since I didn’t, I will just congratulate them for a wonderful day.”
Greenpoint YMCA president Keith Hicks thanked the sponsors, children and team leaders for helping put the program together once again.
“Every year we have this, and it is one of my favorite events in the summertime,” Hicks said. “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”