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Pea Ridge Middle School selected for tree program

by NWA Democrat-Gazette | October 21, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Pea Ridge Middle School is one of 12 school playgrounds selected by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division for the Shade Trees on Playgrounds program.

The program was established as a way to lower the risk of skin cancer in adults by reducing childhood exposure to direct sunlight in places where children play, such as school playgrounds.

Each of the schools will receive up to five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies and planting guidelines after participating in program training.

The recipient schools are: DeWitt Elementary School, Meekins Middle School in Stuttgart, Western Yell County Elementary in Belleville, Nevada Elementary in Rosston, Hot Springs Child Care Center, Pea Ridge Middle School, Atkins Elementary School and Middle School, Nemo Vista Middle School in Center Ridge, Don Roberts Elementary School in Little Rock, Highland Pre-Kindergarten and Nettleton STEAM in Jonesboro.

"The program combines hands-on, outdoor experiences with classroom curriculum about the importance of trees and how to care for trees," says Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Kristine Kimbro. "We hope this program not only improves the health of Arkansas students, but also leaves a lasting impression about the value of forests and how to be good stewards of our natural resources."

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