An outreach program titled “Canopy for the Next Century” is engaging Arizona students in planting trees to raise environmental awareness.
The program provides matching funds for schools to plants trees, host a visiting arborist, memorialize their tree planting with a plaque and develop leadership skills in environmental stewardship.
“Canopy for the Next Century” is presented by the Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation in conjunction with the Arizona Community Tree Council — with the support of a $10,000 grant from Salt River Project.
Schools have two options when applying for a grant. They can raise $250 and receive $250 in matching funds to plant two trees, or raise $125 and receive $125 in matching funds to plant a single tree.
Trees will be chosen from a pre-selected tree list, and participating schools receive age-appropriate educational lessons on the proper care and planting of trees. Participating schools must have irrigation and maintenance available on site.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students, teachers and parents can nominate their school through an application process available online at az100years.org.
— Lynn Trimble
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