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Way to Go! St. Anthony's student creates memorial garden

Frank Segreto, a junior at St. Anthony's High

Frank Segreto, a junior at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, created a 9/11 memorial garden at R.J.O Intermediate School in the Kings Park School District. Credit: Segreto Family

A St. Anthony's High School student spearheaded the creation of a memorial garden at his former school in time to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Frank Segreto, a junior at the college preparatory school in South Huntington, created the garden at R.J.O.Intermediate School, which he previously attended in the Kings Park School District. The project included installing about 140 personalized bricks, which he sold for varying prices depending on size and whether they incorporated a picture, as well as new lighting and planting beds.

Segreto, 16, a member of Boy Scout Troop 539, tackled the garden concept as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project.

"It really did need a tuneup," Segreto said of the site. Of the completed garden, he said: "It was better than I ever could've thought. And it meant a lot to a lot of people, especially the people who had lost someone."

The district hosted a march last month that included more than 500 community members walking from Kings Park High School to the memorial on Sept. 11, Segreto said. There, he thanked those who helped him with the project, and district officials read the names of area residents who died in the attacks.

Segreto is also a member of his school's National Honor Society as well as the stage crew, Italian and Support Our Troops clubs.

— MICHAEL R. EBERT

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