As part of an ongoing effort to participate in Governor O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Program, Allegany County Public Schools partnered with the Allegany County Department of Public Works and Maryland DNR Forest Service as well as other area environmental agency volunteers to plant trees along McGee Lane April 22-23, 2014, in recognition of Earth Day.
Combined groups totaling nearly 200 students from Allegany, Fort Hill, and Mountain Ridge High Schools and Braddock Middle School took part in the tree planting activity and earned five service-learning credit hours for their participation.
The primary goal of tree planting is to increase environmental literacy among middle and high school students. Each tree-planting event featured educational sessions, demonstrations, and student plantings. The activity demonstrated the commitment of the local community to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and it’s watersheds all while helping ACPS students become better environmental stewards.