Lansdowne Middle School students plant trees on campus


Wearing gardening gloves and carrying shovels, Lansdowne Middle School students planted 25 trees on the outskirts of the school's campus.

Under the direction of Denise Fieden, Lansdowne Middle's Science Department chair, and Baird Black, a Lansdowne Middle science teacher, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, the Grade 8 environmental science students prepared the soil before embedding and watering the seeds. Accompanied by participants in the school's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, the students worked in small groups to facilitate the tree-planting process.

A mix of maple and oak varieties, the trees were part of a grant provided to the school by the Blue Water Baltimore Organization (BWBO). During the 2011-2012 school year, several school administrators and Fieden welcomed a BWBO grant representative to the school grounds for a discussion and planning period. The group then determined the type and location of the trees and scheduled the tree-planting activity for the 2012-2013 school year.


The Blue Water Baltimore Organization is a local association that promotes widespread environmental wellness via volunteer trash cleanups, tree-planting activities, and runoff management services.

Story and photos submitted by Denise Fieden, Science Department Chair, Lansdowne Middle School. Story edited by Blake Lubinski, an intern in the BCPS Office of Communications and a senior at Towson High School.
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