The United Way of Western Connecticut held a ribbon cutting ceremony last night in Danbury for the Park Avenue School Community Garden. The agency was joined by parents, volunteers and school staff. The garden was created as part of United Way's Strong Start Neighborhood Initiative. The program is aimed at preparing children for success in kindergarten and the early grades. The project was spearheaded by Maria Vargas, a bilingual parent outreach worker at Park Avenue School whose work is also funded through Strong Start. Vargas encouraged parent involvement in the garden as a way to break down barriers between parents, school administrators and staff.