Students, faculty and staff as well as members from the Bob Jones Nature Center and volunteers from the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council will plant trees at Old Union Elementary School and Rockenbaugh Elementary School on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Johnson Elementary will have its tree planting on Thursday, Oct. 25.
“Johnson Elementary School is excited to participate in National Neighborwoods Month,” said campus Principal Lori Allison. “One of our teachers has developed plans to cultivate our green thumbs through hands-on gardening and grounds beautification projects. As you may know, GREEN is one of our favorite colors around here!”
All three campuses have students in grades K-4 who participate in hands-on gardening activities to help them learn about plants’ basic needs and environmental factors affecting their growth. The additional trees planted in late October will add shade components to campus gardens and the sites will be considered local People’s Gardens, part of the nationwide network of gardens supported by the USDA People’s Garden Initiative.
The Bob Jones Nature Center received grant money to purchase and plant the trees from the Alliance for Community Trees. Alliance for Community Trees People’s Garden Grant Program receives support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. ACTrees has provided funding to 30 communities in 21 states to plant trees that produce fruit and nuts or provide shelter to community gardens.