Arbor Day Award Winner Highlights: Eisenhower Elementary School

Each year the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes outstanding individuals, environmental leaders, and innovative organizations for their sustainable conservation efforts on an international, national, state and community level through the Arbor Day Awards Program. The 2014 Arbor Day Awards were presented April 26 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City. During May we’ll highlight the award winners.

Arbor Day Celebration Award — Eisenhower Elementary School:

The Arbor Day Celebration Award honors celebrations that best represent the spirit of the tree planter’s holiday.

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Christel Erlel Stewart, Gary & Grace Stewart plant a tree at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park. Photo by Carrie Benes.

In 2007 a parent volunteer delivered the first Arbor Day presentation to the third through fifth grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Camp Hill, PA.

It was that initial tree talk that sparked the annual comprehensive Arbor Day curriculum taught to students at Eisenhower Elementary today. Students learn about the vital benefits trees provide to individuals and communities while learning basic tree identification skills.

In 2012, the art education component was added to the curriculum, creating the Eisenhower Elementary Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Today, students in third and fourth grade participate in the lesson plans – learning about trees with the culmination of their experience occurring in fifth grade when they create posters to showcase what they have absorbed over the years.

The effectiveness of the curriculum taught to the students at Eisenhower is apparent as evidenced by their involvement in the community and attendance at public tree planting ceremonies.

Every year, more than 300 seedlings are distributed to students on Arbor Day. Students at Eisenhower Elementary have planted nearly 2,000 trees to date throughout the Camp Hill area since 2007. We’re excited to see what else will sprout from Eisenhower Elementary.

Are you aware of an outstanding individual or organization that is an exemplary steward of our Earth?  If so, please consider nominating them for our 2015 Arbor Day Awards.

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