Students at Ambassadors Preparatory Academy in Galveston recently engaged in planting palm tree seeds as part of the Trees for Kids program designed to help educate children in Galveston about trees. Members of The City of Galveston Tree Committee, which designed the program, assisted the students in their first tree planting session.
The seeds planted were all gathered on the island by John Brown, who donated them to the project. Mr. Brown shared his expertise with the students in a short presentation which included allowing students to see and touch freshly germinated seeds at various stages in the growing process.
Arborist, Pricilla Files, shared her knowledge with the students and assisted in planting the seeds.
"The presenter was fantastic,” remarked Dr. Patricia Williams, superintendent of APA. “The next morning the students who participated shared what they learned with students in grades 3rd through 8th.”
The student’s plantings are growing in the campus greenhouse. The children will be responsible for tending and watering their seeds as well as recording data on what they observe. Each student will be allowed to take their growing seedling home with them in about six weeks.
Members of the tree committee donated all items used for the project. “We just want to see the kids all have a tree of their own,” said Ray Hensarling, chair of the committee.
“Our faculty and students are very appreciative to have the resources to provide this field study for our students because this is what we do; student centered, hands-on learning,” said Dr Williams.
Trees for Kids is in its developmental stage and has the potential to become a city-wide program. For now, the students at Ambassadors Preparatory Academy have added to their knowledge of how trees develop.