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A tree (45 of them, actually) grows in Albany

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 downtown Albany.

 

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 trees.

 

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.

 

Click here to see a Facebook photo collection from the tree-planting. (You don't need a Facebook account to look at the photos. A window may display the text, "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create and account," but you can dismiss the message by clicking "not now.")

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves approximately 9,500 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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