Canopies for Campuses
Trees Knoxville’s Canopies for Campuses program was initiated in 2017 after receiving an increasing number of requests for trees from our area schools. Our program provides Knox County schools with free trees, which as several recent studies have shown, have numerous benefits on students’ educational performance. We are very pleased to help bring the benefits of trees right to our community’s children.
How Canopies for Campuses Came to Be…
In 2016, 13 schools requested a total of 99 trees with a range from 3 to 12 trees to be planted at each school without any advertising efforts by Trees Knoxville. Tree Giveaways proved to be the hub for many requests. As a follow up to these requests, Trees Knoxville contacted the Knox County School system administration to determine their interest. We received an enthusiastic response and initiated the Canopies for Campuses program.
The First Schools…
The first Canopies for Campuses, funded by Pattison Sign Group of Knoxville, happened at Christenberry Elementary on May 11, 2017. With eager support of over 100 of their students & faculty, Trees Knoxville installed 14 trees at the school. Tree plantings at Beaumont Magnet Academy and Mooreland Heights Elementary followed in November of 2017.
In 2018 Trees Knoxville completed tree plantings at Westmoreland Middle School, New Hopewell Elementary, Fulton High School, Sequoyah Elementary, Mount Olive Elementary, Whittle Springs Middle School, and Bluegrass Elementary.
In 2019, we’ve added trees to the landscapes at Gresham Middle School, Norwood Elementary, and South Knox Elementary.
Trees Knoxville has seen strong support in the community for this program benefiting children and schools. We have been approached by teachers, businesses, and neighborhoods to support trees for schools.
Our Board of Directors has committed to this effort. We are actively looking for opportunities to partner and work with city and county governments and local businesses to expand this campaign to plant trees at schools that have expressed an interest and need for trees.
Trees Knoxville works with the Knox County School System to plan tree planting events from November to March. Trees Knoxville provides the trees and the volunteers to plant the trees, as well as helps manage them during the first years as they get established.
Would You like Canopies for Campuses to Come to Your School?
Schools and Neighborhoods wanting to partner with Trees Knoxville in Canopies for Campuses are asked to complete the application and submit it to Trees Knoxville by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trees Knoxville will set up a time to meet with the interested schools, and together develop a tree planting plan for their neighborhood school.