Trees bring much needed shade to Orlo Avenue Elementary schoolyard

Provide relief to one of the city's largest heat islands

Posted 9/22/22

EAST PROVIDENCE — Volunteers from the city, the school department and a local non-profit joined students at the Orlo Avenue Elementary School for a tree planting and outdoor classroom lesson on …

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Trees bring much needed shade to Orlo Avenue Elementary schoolyard

Provide relief to one of the city's largest heat islands

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — Volunteers from the city, the school department and a local non-profit joined students at the Orlo Avenue Elementary School for a tree planting and outdoor classroom lesson on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The Orlo location is considered one of the most significant heat islands in the city. To help bring much needed shade to the location and to increase the canopy in the area, 10 trees of the Black Tupelo, Red Maple and River Birch varieties were planted.

The effort was initiated by the administrations of Mayor Bob DaSilva and Superintendent Dr. Sandra Forand, the East Providence Tree Commission, the East Providence Urban Forest group along with PACE–RI.

The event was organized by East Providence Planner Johanna Walczak and plantings were completed with help from PACE–RI CEO Joan Kwiatkowski and her team of PACE-RI volunteers.

Grade 4 students at Orlo learned how to properly plant a tree as instructed by Doug Still, principal of the local company This Old Tree Consulting.

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