May 7th: Canopy's Biggest Planting Ever:
250 Volunteers Planted 200 Schoolyard Trees!
On May 7, 2011, Canopy brought together 250 corporate and community volunteers to plant 200 trees at Green Oaks Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto. Click here to see photos from the planting.
Canopy Executive Director Catherine Martineau reports that the "trees will furnish both direct and indirect benefits to the community's health. Direct benefits include cleaner air and water, protection from harmful UV rays and the positive psychological effects associated with the proximity of natural environments. Indirect benefits include a more active lifestyle linked to increased outdoor activity which helps prevent childhood obesity and childhood diabetes."
Because of Canopy's efforts, 815 elementary and middle school students at Green Oaks Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy will benefit from the shade and air pollution reduction provided by the trees. The 11 species planted, Forest Green Oak, Cork Oak, Valley Oak, Coast Live Oak, Southern Live Oak, Strawberry Tree, Bosque Elm, London Plane, Silver Leaf Linden, Marina Madrone, and Catalina Cherry, are all drought-tolerant and well suited for this region's climate.
In addition to a CalFire Urban and Community Forestry
program grant, eight corporations and community groups supported Canopy with the planting: Microsoft, National Semiconductor, NVIDIA, SanDisk, Yahoo!, Robert Half International, Palo Alto Rotary, and REI. Volunteers participated in the event to help launch Canopy's Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative.
Here is an image of the front of Green Oaks Academy:
Here is the school once our new trees have grown:
The goal of the Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! initiative is to plant 1,000 young trees by 2015 to improve school campuses in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Belle Haven. To enable us to reach our goal, more than $100,000 will be needed every year for the next four years. Please support our program by making a donation.