A tree (45 of them, actually) grows in Albany
N.Y. (May 1, 2019) -- Thanks to an Arbor Day collaboration between
two elementary schools and an array of community partners and
volunteers, 45 new trees were planted Tuesday at the Corning Preserve in
Fifth-graders in Steve Costello’s class at Thomas O’Brien Academy
of Science and Technology (TOAST) joined with fifth-graders from Karin
Yettru’s class at Woodlawn Elementary School in Schenectady to plant the
Students were guided by staff from the City of Albany Forestry
Division and the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation, as well as volunteers from the Albany Fund for Education
and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The trees – 22 swamp white oaks and 23 magnolias – are replacing
ash trees that were devastated by the emerald ash borer. In
addition to planting the trees, students learned about “invasive
species” like the emerald ash borer, an insect originally from Asia that
arrived in the U.S. in the early 2000s on packaging materials. The bug
has destroyed trees in 35 states.
A huge thanks to the Albany Fund for Education, our community
partner that, among many things, has planted trees with City School
District of Albany students for the past 10 years through its ‘Albany
Goes Green’ initiative.
Joining in the damp (but joyful) festivities were Superintendent
Kaweeda Adams, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and DEC Deputy Commissioner of
Natural Resources Judy Drabicki, along with TOAST Principal Teresa Brown
and Woodlawn Principal John Perreault.
Tuesday’s collaboration between TOAST and Woodlawn Elementary
isn’t the first. Brown used to teach at Woodlawn, and she
initiated a pen pal program between TOAST and Woodlawn second-graders
three years ago. More collaborations are in the works, Brown said.
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schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
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