Treecycling: Books Into Trees

… and kids into environmentalists!

Environmentalist who have learned how to turn books into trees!

Environmentalist who have learned how to turn books into trees!

Imagine young entrepreneurs collecting gently used books from friends and neighbors, and selling them to new owners. The two youth raised money to purchase and plant trees so their playground can become a National Wildlife Fund certified habitat.

Treecycling is a wonderful cross-curricular practice.  It promotes the love of literacy, math skills (if you have your child count the change), and not least, the children build awareness about the  primary and natural source of things, ie. books come from trees.  This awareness leads to gratitude and conservation.

 

The end result is a lovely red maple tree planted in the playground.

The end result is a lovely red maple tree planted in the playground.

 

Ann Marie Douglass, an early Childhood Educator from the Tree Steward Class of 2014, thought up the project and encourages other parents to help their children become environmentalists also.

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