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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 (

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

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

Wendy K. Kleinman
Education Reporter