As part of our annual MRO Gives Campaign, a team of Marathon Oil volunteers joined Trees for Houston at our new partner school, Spring Shadows Elementary in Houston, TX, to plant shade and fruit trees. The event gave us the opportunity to not only to provide much-needed shade by planting nearly 30 trees, but also to educate the next generation on the importance of greenspace.
Spring Shadows’ theme for the 2021-22 school year is “Growing, Learning, Blooming.” So to add a special enhanced learning opportunity for the students, Trees for Houston led the fifth grade classes in planting fig, olive, and apple trees in the school garden.
Trees for Houston Executive Director Barry Ward brought what the fifth graders are learning in their science class to life by letting them get their hands dirty while learning about the benefits that trees bring to our communities. The fifth grade class will continue to maintain the garden and enjoy the “fruits” of their labors throughout the year with the school community and their families.
A Marathon Oil Community Partner for more than a decade, Trees for Houston is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees. Founded in 1983, the organization initially focused on planting street trees in the heart of Houston. Now celebrating their 38th anniversary, with over half a million trees planted, the organization has evolved into one that grows, plants, and maintains thousands of trees across the greater Houston region.