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Grants allow for student volunteers to plant trees in Mason City next week


This news story was published on April 24, 2019.
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MASON CITY – Student volunteer tree planting event will take place next week, Wednesday, May 1st, and Thursday May 2nd starting at 9 am.

The ‘Trees for Kids’ planting on Wednesday will include 7th and 8th grade students volunteering to plant approximately 40 trees. The planting will take place along Maple Dr., S. Louisiana Ave. and 3rd St. SE. ‘Trees for Kids’ is a grant program made possible from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and involves youth in planting trees and maintenance experience. An educational component will take place requiring youth involvement in planting, mulching and initial watering for the tree planting project.

Mason City Alternative High School students, under the direction of instructor Janell Drumheller, will be planting approximately 40 trees along the city right-of-way along River Heights Drive and 4th Street S.E. River Heights is located in a part of the Rock Crest-Rock Glen Historic District which is recognized as the world’s largest collection of Prairie School Architecture in a natural setting. Beginning at approximately 9 am on Thursday. Drumheller and her students will be planting a variety of trees made possible through a grant from the ‘Branching Out Program’.

The City is thrilled to have the students involved in both of these projects and we hope they will enjoy the results of their work years down the road when the trees have matured.

We are asking travelers to make every attempt to avoid this area if possible, but in the event you need to travel this route on Wednesday May 1st, and Thursday May 2nd, 2019 please exercise caution for the safety of the students. The ‘Branching Out Program’ project has been made possible by a grant received from Trees Forever and Alliant Energy.

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