This spring, about 10,000 third-graders in the metro Richmond region will make a difference for the environment with Project Plant It!, a program developed by Dominion to educate children and plant trees. Earlier this year, teachers received a comprehensive kit packed with creative lesson plans, posters, stickers and certificates. Each student will receive a tree seedling to plant in celebration of Arbor Day, April 29. Teaching materials and tree seedlings are provided by Dominion at no cost to the schools.
RPS Involvement Began in 2007
All of the elementary schools in the Richmond Public School System have participated in Project Plant It! since it launched in 2007 as a pilot program for schools in Richmond, as well as Henrico and Chesterfield counties. According to Felicia Cosby, Director of Public Relations for RPS, the program makes a long-lasting impression on students. “When we were making a video for our State of the Schools address and asked some fifth-graders what can be done to make the world a better place, one young man said that we should respect the earth like we do on Arbor Day,” she shared. “That student’s personal experience of learning about trees with Project Plant It!, as well as helping to plant a tree, really had an impact on him. That’s why we continue to support this enriching, hands-on program each spring for our students!” Dominion is providing monthly environmental tips for parents on the RPS blog, which is accessed via the RPS Facebook page.
Website Makes Learning Fun
The website, www.ProjectPlantIt.com, features videos about trees, an interactive vocabulary game, a forest adventure word scramble and a fun tree trivia quiz. Also, a new online activity guide is filled with many family-friendly projects, such as “Be a Scientist” and “Be an Artist,” to help children get out of the house or classroom and into the dirt! All of the teaching materials align with the state SOLs for Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies.
More Than 100,000 Tree Seedlings Distributed Since 2007
Throughout Virginia, more than 30,000 students are enrolled in the program for 2011. Since 2007, Dominion has distributed more than 100,000 trees to students in seven states through Project Plant It! That’s equivalent to 250 acres of new forestland according to the Virginia Department of Forestry. For more information and to download activities and lesson plans, visit www.ProjectPlantIt.com.