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TOAST celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 20, 2018) -- With help from a host of community partners, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Friday planted trees at their school in celebration of Arbor Day.

 

The effort was spearheaded by Albany Goes Green, an initiative coordinated by the Albany Fund for Education with the help of local and state agencies and community groups.

 

Despite temperatures more fitting for Thanksgiving Day than Arbor Day, students and volunteers planted 36 trees – all native to Albany – around the school. Students also got lessons about flora and fauna, and they discussed the environmental importance of trees in cities and elsewhere.

 

Members of Albany Goes Green who helped with the plantings include volunteers from:

  • The Albany Fund for Education

  • The City of Albany and Mayor Kathy Sheehan

  • The College of Saint Rose

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners

  • Friends of the Normanskill

  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

  • Rotary District 7190

 

A huge thanks to all our community partners who helped make this happen!

          

 Click here to see a Facebook album from the tree planting. (It's not necessary to have a Facebook account to view the pictures. A window may display the text, “To see more from Albany schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.”)      

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district serves more 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

 
         
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