Home Environmental education J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School plants a tree during Arbor Day

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School plants a tree during Arbor Day

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Photo of elementary school students under a pavilion with a Dominion Energy Forester. (Courtesy of WJCC)

WILLIAMSBURG – JAMES CITY COUNTY – Grade one students at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day Friday by planting a tree.

About 75 students from the school participated in the Plant It! from Dominion Energy! environmental education program. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the program teaches students about trees and pollinators in the local ecosystem.

Dominion Energy provided participating students with a free tree seedling and a packet of wildflower seeds. Dominion Energy volunteers, foresters and linemen participated in the event.

“We had this wonderful opportunity today to have these arborists come and talk to us about trees and their importance to reinforce what we learned in class and to help us celebrate Arbor Day,” said J. Blayton Elementary first-grade teacher Robin Gemerek. [students] are so excited to have the hands-on experience after teaching it in class, so it’s been a very exciting time. Every time they step out into the playground, they will see what they have contributed.

Video of the Arbor Day event provided by WJCC Schools:

Since 2007, Dominion Energy has distributed more than 832,000 free packets of tree and wildflower seeds through Project Plant It!, according to a press release. More information on the Plan it! to be found on its official website or on its Facebook page.