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Williamsport STEM School Campus teams with Lions Club for tree planting project

Williamsport STEM School Campus teams with Lions Club for tree planting project

Hagerstown, MD (October 28, 2011) - The Williamsport Lions Club is partnering with the Williamsport Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school campus to plant trees in a special event on November 3, 2011, starting at 12:30PM. Students will plant trees on a site that is just over an acre at Williamsport High School. Lions Club representative Curtis Graff asked the schools to join in the Lions Club International project to plant a million trees around the world. The Lions tree planting program is an extension of their service programs that promote caring for our environment. Sunny Meadows Garden Center is providing additional trees for the planting.
Paul Breakall, turf care technician for Washington County Public Schools, has been working with the Washington Soil Conservation District and the Maryland Forestry Service to identify campus sites and train students for tree planting. The Washington County Soil Conservation District has developed a Forest Stewardship Plan for the high school. All trees planted will be native to the area. Students from Williamsport Elementary School, Springfield Middle School and Williamsport High School will participate in the tree planting project.
The Lions Clubs International Million Tree Planting Campaign is a global campaign taking place from July 2011 to June 2012 that focuses on caring for the environment and our communities through tree planting. Lions clubs from around the world have been committed to protecting the environment for several decades and understand that every small effort makes a big difference. Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.
Why trees? It is no secret that trees help the environment, but it may be surprising how many benefits planting a tree can provide. Trees are like the lungs of the planet. They breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. They also reduce erosion to save soil, help preserve local water sources and provide habitat for wildlife living under more and more stress. Simply put, planting trees in neighborhoods really is one of the best things that can be done for the local environment.

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