APS partners with Trees and Atlanta and others for Georgia Arbor Day

Two schools in APS and three charter schools in APS zones have gotten into the holiday spirit – of Georgia Arbor Day, that is, with projects at each school complete with community partners, presentations, and tree plantings courtesy of Trees Atlanta.

The organization helped coordinate educational programs and tree plantings at these schools part of the BeltLine Arboretum Education Program. 2010 Georgia Arbor Day activities are in partnership with Trees Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, Tim Womick, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE).

Brown Middle School and Grady High School along with KIPP STRIVE Academy, Atlanta Charter Middle and Tech High all received presentations about the importance of trees, climate science and actions that young leaders can do to make a difference. Many were impressed. “The ACE presentation was on-point with current climate science, cool animation, and full of inspiration,” Grady High student Abena Amoakih said. According to Robby Astrove at Trees Atlanta: “Both ACE and Tim Womick deliver compelling presentations that examine our relationship with Atlanta’s urban forest and our responsibility as young leaders to take action. And that’s what exactly happened.”

After the presentations, students demonstrated their willingness to “do something” and planted trees with Trees Atlanta on their campus, adding to the collections of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.

Kicking off the Georgia Arbor Day weekend, Trees Atlanta will host a photo show reception open to the public on Friday (Feb. 19), from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Trees Atlanta (225 Chester Ave., Atlanta, GA  30316; 404-522-4097.) At the reception, the “My Favorite Tree” photography contest will be announced, including a youth category. All are welcome to participate and to join the community to help plant trees on Saturday (Feb. 20). More information and the complete Arbor Day project details can be found on Trees Atlanta’s Website.

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