2012 Grand Prize Tree Planting in Oxford

Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting

OXFORD –Michigan Arbor Day Alliance along with ITC and Oxford Parks and Recreation celebrated with Daniel Axford and Oxford Elementary-Extended Day Program, the grand prize winner of the Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) on May 14th. The 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. 16 – April 9, 2012.  The coins collected directly fund community tree plantings. As the team that raised the most for the GGYC, Daniel Axford and Oxford Elementary-Extended Day Program were awarded 15 trees to plant in their community! A representative from the school was also recognized at the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 27 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Tree planting at Daniel Axford Elementary

“It was a great day to plant trees. The students were very excited to know they helped raise money to plant trees in Michigan and their own community. This was the second year of the program, and the second year Daniel Axford has won! The fact the students could see proof of their hard work, saw how much the trees planted last year had grown, was inspiring. This is what our program is all about, educating youth about the importance of trees so they can pass the message on to their peers and family,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Nine trees were planted with the help of volunteers from the GGYC Grand Prize Team, Oxford Parks and Recreation, ITC, and Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. The trees went to five different elementary schools.  Classes at several of the schools were able to come out and participate.  The remaining trees will be planted at a local park later this year.  Photos of the event and planting can be view at, www.miarbordayalliance.com/photoalbum.

The Go Green Youth Challenge raised a total of $15,470 for tree planting in Michigan.  Michigan Arbor Day Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated including the sponsors, ITC Holdings, Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Glenn Buege Chevorlet of Eaton Rapids.


One response to this post.

  1. Yes! you job is so great. You are planting trees with this Children. This is really great thinking. When they grown up they plant more and more trees for our planet safe. Thank you.


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