This spring, cialis thousands of future environmentalists are learning about trees and their many important benefits to the ecosystem with Dominion’s Project Plant It!
About 10, dosage 000 third-graders in Richmond region elementary schools—including all third-graders in Richmond Public Schools—will participate in the free program. Project Plant It! provides a variety of educational activities and nature-based resources, viagra dosage for use both inside the classroom and outdoors, to help students understand how trees improve the air we breathe, provide shelter for birds and wildlife, prevent soil erosion and can be strategically planted to help reduce heating and cooling costs, among other attributes.
“Our third-grade teachers appreciate that Dominion provides all of the instructional tools that support many aspects of STEM learning in science and math,” said Helena Easter, the K-12 Instructional Specialist for Science at Richmond Public Schools. “Also, the program includes many outdoor activities for families to enjoy together. We are proud that Richmond Public Schools has made Project Plant It! available to our students since the program was first introduced in 2007.”
To add extra excitement to this year’s involvement in Project Plant It!, Richmond Public Schools is running a “Countdown to Arbor Day” contest on its Facebook page each Friday starting on March 28 and ending on Arbor Day, April 25. The contest will include information about trees and the environment, followed by a trivia question. Followers of the page can submit an answer and RPS will select a winner, who will receive a one-year membership to the Arbor Day Foundation as a prize, courtesy of Dominion. “This contest is a great way to engage our parents in a fun learning activity that many students are enjoying this spring,” said Felicia Cosby, Communications Officer for Richmond Public Schools. “The Arbor Day Foundation membership includes ten free trees for the winner to plant at home.”
The cornerstone of Project Plant It! is the distribution of a redbud tree seedling to each participating student to plant in honor of Arbor Day, which is typically the last Friday in April. “The redbud is native to Virginia and grows well throughout the state,” said Paulin Cheatham, Project Plant It! spokesman for Dominion, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. “It is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring and is easily identified by its beautiful pink blossoms and distinctive red-tinged leaves.”
“Each and every year, Project Plant It! continues to effectively engage students by connecting them with nature,” said Jo McElwain of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Project Plant It! puts Eastern Redbud trees into the hands of the next generation of tree-planters who will always cherish the memory of planting a tree and watching it grow.”
The Arbor Day Foundation, which inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, has partnered with Dominion’s Project Plant It! since the program was established in 2007. This organization is responsible for planting, growing, packaging and shipping the more than 250,000 tree seedlings that have been distributed to students in several states where Dominion conducts business.
The website, www.projectplantit.com, features videos and interactive games about trees.
For example, there’s a leaf matching game that teaches students how to identify the leaves found on different tree species. Another game finds students racing against time to complete a jigsaw puzzle of a tree and learn some cool tree trivia in the process. Several videos help students learn how to plant trees correctly and how to care for them.
Project Plant It! is provided by Dominion at no cost to schools, teachers or students.
For more information, visit the website or “Like” Project Plant It! on Facebook.