Lansing Board of Water & Light Supports Trees

PRESS RELEASE

 Contact Information:

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                      Phone: (517) 543-1512 x 5

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                               Email: miarborday@gmail.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3, Charlotte, MI  48813         Website: miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 3-16-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-16-17

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

 Charlotte, MI –  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is happy to announce that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has contributed $6,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA outreach programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with the Board of Water and Light. They have been a great partner for several years and we are looking forward to their contribution helping this program continue to grow,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan, this event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

This is what BWL had to say about the program: “We are proud to be 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.

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from BWL helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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