Arbor Day

A tree grows in Fox Point

Geology graduate student Jaime Toney (left) and Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research) Karen Haberstroh, coordinator of the GK-12 science program at Brown, look on as fifth-graders shovel dirt around a newly planted tree. Left to right: Emily Helgerson, 11; Lurden Duran, 11; and Roanna Lange, 10. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Credit: Richard C. Lewis

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.

By Richard C. Lewis  |  May 11, 2010  |  Email to a friend

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!”

Austin Wojtanowski, Milan Cline, and Kyle Dutra watch parent Bill Mott put a watering bag around a tree.: Austin Wojtanowski, Milan Cline, and Kyle Dutra watch parent Bill Mott put a watering bag around a tree.

Gia Lafrance, 10, tamps down the soil, observed by parent volunteer Bill Mott and students James Greene and Shafideen Odunewu.: Gia Lafrance, 10, tamps down the soil, observed by parent volunteer Bill Mott and students James Greene and Shafideen Odunewu.