GROUNDWORK FOR APRIL 2018
TREE PLANTING EVENT!
ONE OF TWO EVENTS THIS YEAR!

Lexington Coal/TCC
Whitwell, TN

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Future Forest!!

Hardwood trees (including American Chestnuts)
will be planted on this site this year using the
Forest Reclamation Approach!

 


Carol Moore, Chico Higgins (Lexington Coal/TCC), Whitwell
Middle School Assistant Principal Joshua Holtcamp,
teacher Brady Rorex, and Barry Thacker, PE
at the Whitwell School for planning meeting
The school received American Chestnut trees and nuts to nurture
and bring to our tree planting event on April 10th.

PLANNING FOR SECOND TREE PLANTING EVENT THIS YEAR!

We are honored to have the world-renowned students and teachers at Whitwell Middle School as participants in our annual TMA/OSM Arbor Day tree planting event this year.  What makes them so famous?  Their Holocaust education project has "inspired students and educators from around the globe."  

In 1998, they began a simple Holocaust education class that would be the basis for teaching tolerance and diversity in a voluntary after-school program. When the students, mostly white and Christian, struggled to grasp the concept and enormity of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust, they decided to collect six million paper clips – one for each soul who perished.  http://www.oneclipatatime.org/paper-clips-project/

Why paper clips? The students’ research found that Norwegians wore paper clips as a silent protest and symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation during World War II. It was this simple idea that eventually, and quite unintentionally, turned into a worldwide phenomenon, drawing international media attention and letters of support from literally every continent.

Chico Higgins of Lexington Coal/TCC accompanied us when we met with assistant principal Joshua Holtcamp and eight-grade teacher Brady Rorex to plan for the planting event.  We provided pure American chestnut seeds and seedlings, so students can grow them in their classrooms for transplanting at the Arbor Day planting site of Lexington Coal/TCC.  Students will also be transplanting potted blight-resistant American chestnut hybrids and a variety of hardwood bare-root seedlings at the event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th.    

Afterwards, we had the pleasure of touring the Holocaust Museum at the school, which is housed in a railroad car that had been used to transport Jews to concentration camps.  To date, students have collected 30 million paper clips, with 11 million on display in the museum.  We then visited the planting site that has been reclaimed by the Forestry Reclamation Approach.    

The site has been prepared using the FRA method. (Forestry Reclamation Approach).  Students will also be transplanting potted blight-resistant
American chestnut hybrids and a variety of hardwood bare-root seedlings at the event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th. 

The Children's Holcaust Memorial is a MUST SEE!  You must appreciate the effects in person.

 

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