Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Several months ago, the Green Alliance went through a long process to get trees in their community. Here is some information that will be helpful to anyone trying to do the same.
TreesNY, Sam Bishop
A nonprofit that works in NYC to help people obtain trees. This group was the one who finally provided us with 5 trees 11/2 in diameter and about 8 feet tall. They delivered the trees, dug the holes, provided education to the students and stayed with us through the entire process.
Samuel A. Bishop II
Trees New York
51 Chambers Street Suite 1412
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 227-1887
Fax: (212) 732-5325
Citizens Committee provides grant money ranging from 500 to 3000 that can be used to get trees.
Director of Neighborhood Resources
Citizens Committee for New York City
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001-6008
Parks Coordinator For your area. If you live in Rego Park here is the info
Hassan L. King
Northern Queens Outreach Coordinator
Partnerships for Parks
The Overlook, Queens Borough Office
80-30 Park Lane
Kew Gardens, N.Y. 11415
You can calll this number to get some information and the agency you can write to request a tree in your neighborhood.
Friday, December 12, 2008
It took over three months but we did it! TreesNY donated 5 trees, two arborists, and an educational coordinator to help P.S. 139 plant trees, educate over 120 kids about trees and tree maintenance and help us have pride in our school. The educational coordinator went into over 5 classes ranging from grades 1-5, talked about trees for 20 minutes, and took the kids outside and helped them plant trees. Arborists were on hand to answer questions and help install the trees. NY1 interviewed people from our school. P.S. 139 was on NY1 and had the opportunity to tell their story to all of NYC.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This week the Rego Park Green Alliance gave away free bulbs to parents of P..S. 139 and the Regp Park Community. We gave away over 600 bulbs to over 60 families. There was so much demand that we did not have enough for our community. We were so excited by the turnout and the fact that not only are people going to plant daffodils in their yards but that some have agreed to plant them in front of their buildings. Plus, the Big Apple School is going to create a science project to teach kids about daffodils and growing them in their community.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Green Alliance spent many hours digging and planting in several places in Rego Park. The problem is that people don't necessarily know that the planting occurred so trash and garbage are being left in the area. Ema and Rebecca spent several hours creating signs to let people know that the planting occurred. We now have six signs. each costing less than 4 dollars. This weekend we will plant the signs along Alderton, 63rd Drive, P.S. 139 playground and Austin Street. For those who need cheap signs go to Home Depot and buy 6 foot molding ($2.00) . Cut it in half. Use printing paper to make the picture and construction paper for the border. Then go to staples and get it laminated for two dollars. Use a stapler gun to attach the laminated picture and scissors to cut some of the extra lamination from the bottom. If your feeling really creative, decorate the molding used for the sign.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today several members of the community and school volunteered to work with the Green Alliance to plant daffodils in the school yard and the local community. The kids and adults came out at 9 and worked until 1:00. They planted on Austin Street, 63rd Drive, the schoolyard and Alderton Street. They dug 9 inch holes and placed the bulbs 3 to 6 inches apart. As they went out into the community they were surprised to see people pick up shovels and help them plant, proving together we can make a difference. We had a great time and look forward to seeing the daffodils bloom in the summer.
Also, we will be putting up signs around the neighborhood asking people not to step on the planted daffodils and alerting them to the fact that the Green Committee planted the flowers. If anyone is available to help make the posters please email me.