We were really excited to learn that the Rubbertown Community Advisory Council (RCAC) wanted to donate trees to be planted at Farnsley Middle School this spring. We had the pleasure last fall to work with Carrie Buchanan, one of the Farnsley science teachers. She and her students were awarded a grant to plant 30 trees around the rear parking lot to help offset the urban head island effect. They are planning to study the temperature in the area over time.
RCAC funded the planting of another 13 trees in the spring in the front of the school by the bus drop-off area and along the gym. We are looking forward to partnering on future projects with RCAC.
Additionally, Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-1) and Councilman Brandon Coan (D-8) funded the planting of 44 more trees in honor of the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They dubbed the project “Planting O’ The Green”. Twenty-five of these trees were in 15-gallon containers and were planted by the students from the Environmental Club and others. We appreciate the JCPS Grounds Crew coming out and pre-digging the planting holes with an auger! (The trees were heavy enough!) The remaining 19 trees were planted along the walking path that is well-used by neighborhood residents. We received plenty of “thank you’s” from the walkers as we were planting!