DC School Tree Plantings Continue Oct. 16 in Ward 8

(Washington, DC) Casey Trees fall community plantings continue at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School and Kieger Savoy Elementary School in Ward 8 on Sunday, Oct. 16th from noon to 3 p.m.

The planting was rescheduled from Oct. 8th due to excessive rain and is Casey’s third planting project in four days.
Casey Trees and its partners welcome volunteers to help plant 19 trees at the two schools that are adjacent to each other across the street from the Anacostia Metro station at the intersection of Howard Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., southeast.
Assisting with the planting are students from the Black Law Student Association and area universities and staff from Georgetown Law School as well as parents and students from both schools.
Casey Trees, with the support and collaboration of the DC Dept. or Health’s Watershed Protection Division, has made school plantings a special focus this fall. On Thursday 14 trees were planted at McKinley Technology High School with students from across DC participating in the NOAA-sponsored DC Environmental Youth Summit. Last month 15 trees were planted at Francis Junior High and Rec. Center. Additional events are scheduled for Bancroft Elementary School (5 trees), Murch Elementary School (22 trees) and three other Ward 8 schools: Patricia Harris Education Center (6 trees), Draper Elementary School (2 trees) and Clara Muhammad School (2 trees).
Casey Trees is also helping to organize a tour of schoolyard gardens Sat., Oct. 15, by the DC Schoolyard Consortium. The tour includes visits to sensory, vegetable, flower, and rain gardens at Bertie Backus Middle School, Cardozo Senior High School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Sharpe Health School, and Stoddert Elementary School.
Other fall projects to date include plantings at the University of District of Columbia and a site near the proposed new baseball stadium with the Anacostia River Business Coalition. Ninety-six trees were planted Sept. 19 as part of a large community service event at Watts Branch in Northeast Washington sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation, Washington Parks & People, Earth Day Network, Greater DC Cares, and Hands-on Network.
Next weekend, Oct. 22 and 23, Casey Trees will mark Lets Make A Difference Day and the first National NeighborWoods Month with plantings at Watts Branch Park, Anacostia Boat House, Congressional Cemetery, and in Adams Morgan. Information on these and community plantings scheduled in November in Langdon Park, River Terrace Park, Ft. Davis Park, and Kalorama Park can be found at www.caseytrees.org, or phone 202.833.4010.
For Immediate Release
October 14, 2005
Contact: Dan Smith
202.833.4010 x114
202.607.6224 (cell)