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Extended Day kids raise most bucks in state for green challenge

Extended Day students from Daniel Axford Elementary are quite proud of their new trees. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)
June 15, 2011 - Students in the Extended Day Program at Daniel Axford and Oxford elementaries are helping to save their little corner of the world one tree at a time.

Between Jan. 15 and April 1, these kids raised a total of $340 for the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance's "Go Green Youth Challenge" the highest amount generated by any pre-K through 12th grade students in the entire state.

As a reward, the students were given 15 beautiful shade trees. Two were planted at Daniel Axford, three at OES and the other 10 were placed in Seymour Lake Township Park.

Students also attended the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 29 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

The Go Green Youth Challenge gets Michigan youth involved in environmental stewardship, community development and service through planting trees.

Statewide, this year's challenge raised a total $20,850 for tree planting in Michigan.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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