HELP Program Looks to the Environment

Attending the planting are Superintendent Dr. Bennardo; HELP Coordinators, Edward Nelson, and Kathleen McCready; Science teachers Vincent Scott and John Totten; and secretary Carol Corallo, along with staff and students.
Attending the planting are Superintendent Dr. Bennardo; HELP Coordinators, Edward Nelson, and Kathleen McCready; Science teachers Vincent Scott and John Totten; and secretary Carol Corallo, along with staff and students.
Students Jovanni Edwards and Romello Garcia are busy digging, are joined by HELP science teachers John Totten and Vincent Scott, secretary Carol Corallo and psychologist Dr. Jim Consorted
Students Jovanni Edwards and Romello Garcia are busy digging, are joined by HELP science teachers John Totten and Vincent Scott, secretary Carol Corallo and psychologist Dr. Jim Consorted

Students in the Science Department of our Whitman HELP Program planted a Red Maple tree as part of hands on education.  In their study of deforestation and global warming, research brought them to a program called Plant for the Planet. This program wants to plant one million trees in each country in the next thirty years. Their slogan is Stop Talking - Start Planting.

When you hear deforestation, you might think Brazil. It’s a fair association: Over the past four decades, upwards of 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down. But Brazil also boasts a relative success story, having reduced deforestation in the Amazon by 70 percent over the past ten years. Instead, new data from a collaboration between Google and the University of Maryland illustrate unprecedented — and until now, largely overlooked — forest loss in Southeast Asia and West Africa, among other hotspots.(1)

Thank you to our students involved: Brian Browning, Deena Dalia, Michael Martilotto, Michael Lopez, Brianna Imbesi, Christine Mann, Jovanni Edwards, and Romello Garcia.

(1): https://www.plant-for-the-planet.org