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Shade Trees on Playgrounds (S.T.O.P.) Program
(**Note: Due to social distancing mandates and health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shade Trees on Playgrounds workshop date and tree planting deadlines for the 2020 award year listed below are subject to change. Applications for the 2020 S.T.O.P. Program should be available on this site in June, 2020.**)
Eleven schools were selected to participate in the 2019 Shade Trees on Playgrounds (S.T.O.P.) program:
Eastside Elementary in Warren
Two Rivers School District in Ola
Justin Veach Elementary in Manila
East Poinsett County Lepanto Elementary
Wynne Primary and Intermediate Schools
Fouke Elementary School
Ouachita Elementary School in Donaldson,
Cedarville Elementary School
Sidney Deener Elementary in Searcy
Marshall Elementary School
Nelson Wilks Herron Elementary in Mountain Home
Participating schools received five shade trees, mulch, watering supplies, and planting guidelines, as well as assistance with educational materials and programming for the schools. Officials with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division assisted with planting the trees during ceremonies with students throughout the fall.
Questions about the S.T.O.P. Program?
Contact Krissy Thomason, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, at 479-228-7929, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To participate in the STOP program a school must:
- Apply during the application period and be selected to participate. Applications will be available on this page when the application period is open.
- Lack shade on the playground.
- Participate in a STOP workshop for educators in September of 2020 in Little Rock.
- Use provided curriculum materials to emphasize the importance of trees during the week leading up to the tree planting event.
- Involve students in tree-related projects that culminate with a tree planting ceremony.
- Hold a tree planting ceremony prior to November 30, 2020.
- Be willing to maintain the trees after planting.
The Forestry Division will select up to 10 schools to participate in STOP each year
Schools selected will:
- Receive five large hardwood trees. The species of tree each school receives will depend on the location of the school.
- Receive instruction on how to plant and maintain the trees. Forestry Division personnel will help schools prepare for tree planting, and will be present to supervise the planting.
- Be able to have Forestry Division personnel talk about the importance of trees to people and to the environment. These programs include hands on projects about trees.
- Receive recognition in the local media.
The Forestry Division encourages schools to have a school-wide ceremony when the trees are planted.