Monday, June 5, 2023

J. Blaine Blayton Elementary Plants a Tree During Arbor Day

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

WILLIAMSBURG – JAMES CITY COUNTY — First-grade students at J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day Friday by planting a tree.

Approximately 75 students from the school took part in Dominion Energy’s Project Plant It! environmental education program. A 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. Volunteers, foresters and lineworkers from Dominion Energy assisted with the event.

“We have had this wonderful opportunity today to have these arborists come and tell us about trees and the importance of them to reinforce what we’ve learned in the classroom and to help us celebrate Arbor Day,” said J. Blayton Elementary first-grade teacher Robin Gemerek.”They [students] are so excited to have the hands-on experience after having it taught in the classroom, so it’s been a very exciting time. Each time they come out to the playground, they will get to see what they contributed to.”

Video from the Arbor Day event provided by WJCC Schools:

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

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