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March 6, 2007 > Trees readied for Earth Day

Trees readied for Earth Day

Earth Day is approaching and this year a group of dedicated Special Education students at the Fremont Adult School will be adding an extra touch of greenery to the celebration. Michele Sullivan's class has been nurturing seedling Jacaranda mimosifolia trees to take center stage. Brought to the class as tiny plants, class members have protected them from the elements in the state-of-the-art greenhouse located near Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Special Education classrooms behind the Fremont Adult School on Calavares Rd. Now the trees are acclimating to the outside environment, getting ready for planting.

This project of Fremont Parks Department, FUSD, Tri-City Ecology and Roadside Arboretum is designed to address issues of Global Warming and community beautification. Nelson Kirk, City of Union City Grounds Supervisor has helped to spark the project and says that this effort is especially welcome at "a time in Fremont history where tree-planting has slowed down to a trickle." These trees, in 1 gallon containers, will be given out as gifts at the Central Park Teen Center on Earth Day April 21.

Helping the trees to grow straight and tall are students: Lupita Manzanares, Greg Brower, David Carr, Maggie Orozco and Lori Santos. Aides Donna Hernandez and Don Castle and teacher Donna Martin, have been instrumental in supervision. Special education students have not only tended the "Earth Day" trees, but grow a garden of crops that supplements meals prepared for and by students at the school. Currently the winter crop includes lettuce, cilantro, broccoli, fava beans, carrots, onions, radishes, cauliflower and a variety of other winter vegetables. Crops are rotated seasonally so spring planting of corn, tomatoes and warm weather vegetables will soon begin. The greenhouse allows students to begin seedlings even in inclement weather.

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