A tree planting project is afoot at Joe Henderson Elementary School. The Benicia Tree Foundation has been awarded a grant from CA ReLeaf to support the project that will involve planting 80 trees on the campus.
The final 23 of a total 80 trees were planted on March 20, 2012 by all four First Grade Classes. Stay tuned for future events that will involve maintenance and care of these trees.
The Parent Teacher Group (PTG) at Joe Henderson Elementary is fully engaged on the project. Here they all are at an innaugural meeting wherein Wolfram Alderson presented details about the project and a committee was established to support the project:
Joe Henderson Elementary School Tree Planting Project Highlights:
Tree Foundation (BTF) – BUSD School Forestry Partnership: BHS Project
– Founded by Benicians for Benicians: Community building is our number one
Project driven by parent interest, student & teacher
engagement, BUSD support
CA Releaf @ $5,450 – Billable Grant, possible PG&E funding pending. Other support in-kind
and leveraged from local businesses and sponsors. Community build approach
maximizes impact and leverages resources. Budget built on multiple sources of
Project elements: 80 trees x 1250’ of windbreak, educational component,
coordination with BUSD staff, irrigation system adaptation, signage.
and volunteers will have central role in planting and maintaining trees…engaging
students & volunteers in hands on service learning opportunities that
promote civic leadership. New Benicia Tree-Keeper patch is now available. Idea
of connecting entire Kindergarten class to the project – each tree to have
(“sensitive receptors”) at higher risk than adults when considering air quality
and pollution in Benicia. Benicia has 4th highest Ozone levels in
the Bay Area.
consultants include a Consulting Arborist and Landscape Architect and Executive
Director with more than 30 years experience.
and environmental benefits of the project: Rigorous outdoor exercise, C02 reduction,
cooling, air quality, etc.
Tree Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, Certification of project by a
of BTF, Board Members, Executive Director available on BTF website.
- A Google project site has been set up at https://sites.google.com/site/hendersontreeplantingproject/ with detailed information about the project.