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Principal's Corner

NOW IS THE TIME
THE TIME FOR TREES!
 
Westgate has been a 1:1 computing school from our first day of operation over ten years ago.  When we say 1:1 computing, we mean each student has access to a device per individual that is used in teaching as a tool for learning.  This year, we are beginning our journey to becoming a 1:1 tree school. When we say 1:1 tree school, we mean a tree for each classroom and one for each staff member.  Unfortunately, we don't have the space to plant a tree for every student.  
 
We believe that planting and caring for trees supports whole child education and provides opportunities to improve the mind, body, and community!  Trees are art and science, form and function, academic and aesthetic, present and future.
 
This idea came from our Environmental Education Coordinator, Ms. Chandra Valenza, who is already seeing engagement from the students.  She says, "Different classes have named their tree, decorated their tree and are treating their tree as much a part of the class and community as a new student!"
 
WHY SHOULD WESTGATE BECOME A 1:1 TREE SCHOOL?
You already know that trees benefit the environment. Trees are a solution to some of the greatest issues we face, including climate change. Around the globe, trees lead to a healthier environment, economy, and society. But our environmental education campus and outdoor classrooms can benefit as well:
 
• A commitment to trees on our campus can, in turn, significantly reduce the amount of energy a campus, and community, needs to generate.
 
• Planting and maintaining trees on our campus and in the community reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—which is one of the important roles that trees play.
 
• Green spaces on campus provide critical mental health benefits to students and staff and encourage physical activity.
 
• Involving students in service-learning projects focusing on the planning, planting, and maintenance of trees on campus encourages their commitment to creating a more sustainable future for all.
 
With your support, we will create a campus that not only helps to benefit and create a more sustainable environment, but instills pride in the students, staff, and community.
 
Best wishes,
Sharon Collins
 
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