Grad student helps Gregorian School go greener
Fifth graders planted five trees on the school grounds with help from their science mentor from Brown’s Graduate School.
Fifth-grade students at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence honored Arbor Day by planting five trees on the school grounds. The project was organized by Brown graduate student Jaime Toney (geology), who teaches science at the school as part of the National Science Foundation Graduate K-12 program.
Under Toney’s direction, the pupils used satellite images and walks around the school to figure out the best spots to plant the trees – two century lindens, two chokecherry trees, and one corkscrew willow, all provided by the school’s PTO. The budding environmentalists also took into account where to plant trees to shade their school from morning and afternoon sun, and to provide wind breaks from cold winter breezes. As one student exclaimed, “We’re going green!”