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C.W. Shipley to Participate in Cacapon Institute Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Planting

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (May 1, 2018) — Cacapon Institute has awarded C.W. Shipley Elementary a Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree “Tree Kit” to plant at the school on May 2. 


“Cacapon Institute and our partners are proud to support this community tree planting project,” said Tanner Haid, Cacapon Institute’s Urban Watershed Forester.


Trees provide many benefits to communities, such as reducing air pollution, improving water quality, increasing property values, decreasing energy costs and creating wildlife habitats.


“Mrs. (Pamela) Flanagan and I have worked together with Connor, Tanner and the Cacapon Institute to put together a program in which the students are directly impacting their environment,” said Ian Hillman, C.W. Shipley Elementary principal. “Our project, titled ‘Shipley Shade’ will provide shade to our playground, along with all of the other benefits that trees provide to our school campus.”


This is one of 24 CommuniTree projects that will take place in spring 2018. Since 2012, CommuniTree has sponsored 177 tree planting projects in the Potomac Headwaters, and planted more than 5,000 trees with more than 12,000 volunteers.


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About Jefferson County Schools


The mission of Jefferson County Schools is: “Through excellence in teaching and learning, Jefferson County Schools will ensure that all students value themselves and others, contribute to their community and succeed in a global society.” Jefferson County Schools represents one of the top academic districts in the state of West Virginia. The school district employs more than 1,100 staff members and enrolls more than 9,000 students. The 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year is a Jefferson County Schools teacher and we proudly support our outstanding professional and service staff.  


About Cacapon Institute


Founded in 1985, Cacapon Institute’s mission, from the Cacapon River to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, is to protect rivers and watershed using science and education. 


The Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree is a program of Cacapon Institute that is supported in part by the generous funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the WV Chesapeake Bay Program. Technical support is provided by our partners with the WV Department of Environmental Protection, WV Conservation Agency, WV Division of Forestry, and Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council.