By Michelle Madrid-Montoya
Denver, CO (October 19, 2007)- Fourth Graders from Ebert Elementary got their hands dirty for a good cause on October 5th. They are one of 14 selected Denver Public Schools that are planting trees on the grounds of their school this fall as part of the “Tree by Tree – The Mile High Million” Grade School Tree Education and Planting Program. This exciting new program is part of Greenprint Denver, a mayoral initiative to plant one million trees throughout our region by the year 2025 administered by the Department of Denver Parks and Recreation.
The goal of this regional program is to plant trees and to educate residents of all ages about the importance of trees in our urban ecosystems. This program helps educators teach students the important function of trees, as part their traditional classroom instruction. Denver Public School fourth graders have been identified to participate in the program to tie in with the ecosystems portions of their science curriculum. The children are learning about what trees are made of, what trees do for the environment, and the benefits in terms of air, water and energy savings provided by trees. A group of volunteer educators from the community developed this pilot educational program.
City and County of Denver’s Forestry Department has worked with school facilities staff to ensure the success of the trees in terms with the physical needs of the planting site. They will also be visiting the participating classrooms to discuss the value of trees in an urban environment. An underlying principle of the planting program is “right tree, right place”. Parks staff will return in the Spring to discuss stewardship of the trees planted. Participating teachers also will be contacted periodically with care reminders, as well as any additional support the classrooms might need. Tree by Tree has also provided an educator’s resource kit about trees, including digital lists of books, field trip ideas, web sites and other reference material.
The following Denver Public elementary schools that will be participating in this program include Bromwell (2500 E. 4th Ave.), Castro (845 S. Lowell Blvd.), Cheltenham(1580 Julian St.), Columbine(2540 E. 29th Ave.), Ebert (410 Park Avenue West), Ellis (1651 S. Dahlia St), Gilpin (2949 California St), McKinley-Thatcher(1230 S.Grant), Mitchell (1350 E. 33rd Ave.), Monroe(3440 W. Virginia Ave.),Mc Glone(4500 Crown Blvd.), Schenk (1300 S. Lowell Blvd.), Steele (320 S. Marion St.). An additional Denver private school is participating, Saint Rose of Lima (1345 W Dakota Ave).
The Tree by Tree – Mile High Million program is made possible with the generous sponsorships of Suncor Energy (USA), Inc. Also, Forest City Stapleton on behalf of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Exchange 2007, has helped fund the Grade School Tree Education and Planting Program.
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