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APX Enclosures sponsors program at Renfrew Institute

CUTLINE: Andrew Papoutsis of APX Enclosures, Inc. (right rear), enjoys the Trail of Trees program attended by Phyllis Witter's third grade class from Hooverville Elementary. APX has provided underwriting support for the program.

APX Enclosures sponsors program at Renfrew Institute

Waynewboro: Andrew Papoutsis of APX Enclosures, Inc. has provided new underwriting support for Renfrew Institute's third grade environmental school program, "Trail of Trees." The institute is a non-profit educational organization providing programs to area school children in environmental education and farm life of the 1800s.
Established in January of 2001 under the name Tri-County Enclosures, Inc., APX Enclosures began with just 12 employees focusing specifically on the outdoor traffic enclosures market. In late 2003 Tri-County officially changed its name to APX Enclosures, Inc. and expanded operations into other markets including telecommunications, security, and public works. Today APX has tripled its workforce. The company is recognized for its expertise and cutting edge solutions as it continues to manufacture specialty industrial enclosures.
Papoutsis noted that he is happy to support institute programming. "We are grateful to be a part of a program that promotes understanding of and learning about our environment," he said. "Trees are a major aspect of this, which need to be understood and appreciated."
During the two-hour Trail of Trees program, third grade students are launched on a quest traveling the "trail of trees" in search of puppet character, Old Hickory. Along the way, they learn about the structure and importance of trees. Ecological, botanical, cultural and economic factors are considered as activities engage students in opportunities for drama and literature while tree science is revealed.
At each station along the trail, children collect letters for a secret word, which answers the question, "Are leaves important after they fall off the trees?" At the conclusion of the program, Old Hickory helps them discover that fallen leaves are an important ingredient in soil, and help nourish the trees from which they fall.
Nearly 10,000 student visits are recorded annually to institute school programs. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park. For more information, visit or contact the institute at 717-762-0373.

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