Project ACORN plants trees and grows with $26k State Farm grant

November 11, 2013

For the third year in a row, Carnahan Elementary School held a huge tree-planting event, as part of Project ACORN, to plant native trees in the natural areas near the school. (ACORN stands for Alamo-area Children Organized to Replant Natives.) This year they planted approximately 50 trees using seedlings grown during last year’s science studies.

There was extra cause for celebration at this year’s event as State Farm agent Michelle Blackman presented the District with a check for $26,688 that will expand Project ACORN to six additional Northside schools. Fifth graders from the Carnahan Creek Patrol helped write the application for a State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant. The six additional schools that will start Project ACORN at their campuses are: Cody, Franklin, Knowlton, Martin and Meadow Village elementary schools and Rayburn Middle School.

“The trees that were planted started out as tiny seeds, but with time and care they grew and blossomed into trees,” said Dr. Brian T. Woods, Superintendent. “The same can be said about Project ACORN. It started out as one idea at one school, and now it will blossom and grow to several Northside schools.”

More than 100 Carnahan students and families planted the trees at the Buddy Calk Trailhead which is part of the Leon Creek Greenway. It’s located down Babcock Road from the school and is a regular part of science lessons at Carnahan. The school’s Science Academic Support Teacher Kent Page, created the Creek Patrol for fifth graders and the group makes weekly visits to the trailhead.

Visit Northside’s Facebook page for an album of Project ACORN pictures.