Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mid-Season Update: High School Summer Crew

Contributing writer - Priscilla Bocskor, Education Coordinator

The summer crew watering trees at Met Branch Trail.

I can’t believe we are over halfway through the High School Summer Crew 2011 session! The Summer Crew Water By-Cycle and truck crews have continued to surpass their tree touch goal and have completed 3,114 tree touches by the end of Week 4. Any time the summer crew waters, weeds or mulches a tree that equals a tree touch. The overall tree touch goal by the end of Week 8 is 5,496. I'm sure we'll be able to achieve our goals by graduation day on August 12.

The crew has worked hard, biking and driving all over D.C. to reach trees from Casey Trees plantings from the past three years to help them survive these hot, humid summer days. As rewards for all of their hard work the students have been rewarded with three Career Development Days so far. At Daingerfield Island, they had the opportunity to learn all about the nursery industry while helping plant and care for young American elm trees that may someday be planted on the National Mall. More recently at the Arboretum, the students learned what an arborist does and had the opportunity to climb trees! Today they are learning about planning, design and advocacy at Casey Trees headquarters and the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland.

I know the students will continue to work hard and provide excellent tree care to D.C.’s trees during their next four weeks.

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