For Immediate Release
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
(517) 543-5848 ext. 5
Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports Go Green Youth Challenge
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative raisesawareness for the trees
LANSING, Mich., April 7, 2014 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance announced today that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is stepping up to contribute $5,000 to support its Go Green Youth Challenge program.
The Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) engages Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, were challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 13 – March 31, 2014. The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts.
“We are proud to be a part of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Team. The BWL recognizes the value of supporting a program that emphasizes the benefits of a community outreach that encourages youth participation. It is important that we continue to educate our kids to understand the vital role trees play in our communities”. Lynn McKinstry – Manager, Electric System Operations for the BWL.
“This is a great boost to this program. The Board of Water and Light has been a great partner for several years. We are excited to partner once again to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.
The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 25 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.
In addition to the coin collection program, the GGYC Creative Writing Contest was back again this year. K-12 students were urged to utilize their imagination and tell us what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.” This contest received nearly 300 entries this year. Winners will be announced in April. Details and past winners can be found on our website at: www.miarbordayalliance.com/creative-writing-contest.
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.