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Seedlings for Schools program hits record numbers

by on June 14, 2018 11:37 AM

HOWARD — The Seedlings for Schools program marked its 10th anniversary with a record number of participants.

This spring, a total of 160,276 students across Pennsylvania were presented with seedlings from Howard Nursery. That amounts to a 68 percent increase over last year.

Designed to educate youth about the importance of trees in the environment, the Seedlings for Schools program provides each participating teacher with a resource guide to educate students about trees, including how to identify and care for them and determine their value in terms of habitat for wildlife.

“Through this experience, we hope that youth begin to understand the role that trees play in the environment and the importance of conservation," said Jerry Regan, president of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation. "We’re pleased that so many children were able to make a connection to nature through this program."

The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery to provide this program free to young people in the commonwealth. Each year, beginning in February, any teacher in Pennsylvania may place an order for seedlings. The small trees arrive by the end of May, ready for planting. Seedlings may be planted at the school or in the surrounding community, but most elementary students take their seedlings home to plant there.

The program is made possible through the support of EQT Foundation, FirstEnergy Foundation, First National Bank, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Janet and Jim Nyce, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Jennifer Speers and an anonymous foundation.
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