Arbor Day at North Albany Middle School

Albany Goes Green partners and 8th grade agriculture students from NAMS plant forty trees around school

On Friday April 26, North Albany Middle School’s outside space became¬†Emily Statham’s classroom.

And Arbor Day was the perfect hands-on lesson for the teacher’s grade 8 agriculture students who, with guidance from community partners, worked to not just beautify the school’s property but also support the urban ecosystem through tree planting.

The Albany Goes Green partners include AFE, City of Albany Department of General Services and City Arborist Jay Lavigne, the New York State Department of Conservation, Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Albany County Master Gardeners, and the Vegetable Project. Volunteers and staff from the local and state organizations helped students plant 40 trees that will complement current classroom learning and also be incorporated into future curriculum. Students also participated in environmental education activities to learn about the origins of maple syrup and the growth of trees. Many thanks as well to community partner Honest Weight Food Co-op, which provided snack bags with apples and bananas (tree fruits) and granola bars for our hard-working students!

“The City School District of Albany prioritizes hands-on science and Arbor Day provided a perfect opportunity to enhance our students’ studies,” explained North Albany Principal Andrea Piper.

Since 2009, district students have planted more than 400 trees in annual Albany Goes Green Arbor Day celebrations at schools and on other public city land.

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