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Putting down roots

edstation Published: February 15, 2008

One week. It’s how long Oklahoma spends observing Arbor Day, and it’s how long people have left to get a free tree for fourth-graders to plant for the occasion.

I’ve never been very good at keeping indoor greenery alive. It seems I don’t put them in a place to get enough sunlight or I forget to water them one day. But outdoor trees get all the light there is from sunup to sundown and get water from either the rain or, in a dry spell, the sprinkler put out for the lawn.

Now, for the cost of shipping alone — $1.59 — Fourth Grade Foresters USA will send schools an individually packaged evergreen tree seedling to give a student to take home and plant.

Any person, organization or company can sponsor a tree, which will be sent with the sponsor’s name to a nearby school.

The trees are unsold seedlings that would otherwise be destroyed, and they are packaged by adults with disabilities through the Free Trees and Plants project (www.freetreesandplants.com).

Oklahoma Arbor Week is the last full week in March, and the deadline to sponsor a tree for a youngster is Feb. 23. To do so, contact Sarah Henne at 866-390-1428 or sehenne@neb.rr.com.

And if you have any tips on how I can improve my own green thumb, send them to me at wkleinman@oklahoman.com.

Wendy K. Kleinman
Education Reporter