By Eric Waldstein
Washington, DC (March 5, 2010)- OK, so maybe it isn’t exactly in the curriculum… but DC Public Schools is continuing to make a difference in the community by planting numerous trees throughout the city. Students, faculty, and staff in our nation’s capital have the opportunity to partner with an organization called Casey Trees in an effort to take some time out of the school day to plant trees around many of the district’s schools.
One school that is taking advantage of this opportunity is Noyes Education Campus, a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School. In late March, led by Principal Wayne Ryan, students, faculty and staff from Noyes will take an hour out of the day to put away their school books, and take out their shovels and gloves. Everyone will work together to plant several trees, improving the environment as well as the campus atmosphere (no pun intended). The trees are provided by Casey Trees, and students will be able to apply knowledge of environmental and life science as they prepare the trees for a healthy and prosperous life.
Casey Trees is a local organization that supplies trees to any group, organization or individual wishing to plant 10 or more trees. Through their Community Tree Planting Program, these trees are donated for free, and staff from Casey will even come help put them in the ground!
Although Casey Trees is only in D.C., it is a part of a national organization called Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), which serves largely the same purpose on a national level. Check out the ACT website if you want to get involved and make a difference… every tree helps. Check out the website for Casey Trees and Alliance for Community Trees.
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