To add to Lesinski’s remarkable story, she, with the help of her mom, applied for and won a grant for $1,000 from ABC- Summer of Service. The grant recognizes “ongoing youth-led projects that highlight creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others.”
Lesinski recently sent a letter to the Board of Selectmen indicating that she was donating this grant money to the town for use, she hoped, at either the Council on Aging or the Agricultural Commission, particularly to ensure the continued operation of the garden.
Town Administrator Deborah Eagan has earmarked these funds to the Agricultural Commission to defray expenses and operate programs.
“This was the quite the project for a young woman like this,” said selectmen chairman Bob Snow. “We think the world of you, Bella — thank you for your efforts.”
Snow also noted that this wasn’t the first time Lesinski has been recognized by the town. When she was in fifth grade, it was her original poem that was chosen to commemorate 9/11 in Rowley and was inscribed on the monument in town.