Extension Tree Planting 2019
We were looking for a way to provide shade on the big field for students at PE or at recess. Dr. Jeff Wilson was contacted to see what support could be provided by Operations. After initial discussion, it was decided trees would be best option. Mr. Fountain from Extension was able to secure a grant to purchase ten trees, red maple and weeping willow. They were delivered to Providence and Ms. Dorothy, custodian, kept them watered this semester.
Mr. Fountain, Mr. Garner, Dr. Wilson, Billy Priest, and Justin Farish came to Providence to meet with Dr. Alexander, Mr. Fancher and Mrs. Hollis about a game plan on 10/18/2019. Mr. Garner said it would be best to plant when the weather was colder and the drought was over. Ms. Dorothy continued watering the trees in the courtyard. Mr. Priest’s team came to PES this morning and dug the holes, left watering cans, and 20 bags of mulch. At 12:15, Mr. Garner and Mr. Fountain met with our 12 5th grade ambassadors that had been chosen by their teachers. They discussed what the students had to do to finish planting the trees and safety.
We went to the field and the students completed planting the trees by removing their buckets, placing, filling dirt, watering, and spreading mulch. Dr. Wilson joined us with 3 of the Operation team to help with planting completion. Ms. Lindbom’s and Ms. Williams classes were taught by Mr. Garner about tree parts and purposes, photosynthesis, and necessity of water. He used pre-made diagrams.
Mr. Fountain and Mr. Garner wound up the lesson about next steps and when we needed to begin watering. Mr. Garner also stated a need for stakes. Thank you to Madison Home Depot for the trees, rakes, and shovels for the students to use as they completed the tree planting.
It was a great learning experience and a great showing of teamwork!! Thanks to all that made this happen!!