Shade Trees on Playgrounds

Shade Trees on Playgrounds

Lavaca Elementary School was one of ten schools chosen to receive trees as part of the Shade Trees on Playgrounds Program (S.T.O.P.) through the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC). The goal of the program is to lower adult skin cancer risk by reducing childhood exposure to direct sunlight where children play. Lavaca students participated in various activities throughout the week learning about the structure and function of different parts of trees, how to determine the age of a tree, and even how to plant and care for trees. Students wrapped up their week with a school-wide pep rally followed by a tree planting ceremony with the help of several AFC personnel.

“The S.T.O.P. program is a great effort because it creates a memorable impression on students at each ceremony, which will hopefully lead to life-long enjoyment of trees and the outdoors. Arkansas Forestry Commission personnel coordinate tree planting sites and ceremonies with teachers and go to every effort to make this unique to the needs of each school,” says Urban Forestry Coordinator, Alison Litchy.

The mission of the AFC is to protect Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development, and conservation for all generations of Arkansans. The AFC is part of the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

For more information contact Alison Litchy, Alison.litchy@arkansas.gov.

Lavaca Public Schools

Lavaca Public Schools