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Joe Henderson School | Benicia Trees

Joe Henderson School

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Urban Forest at Joe Henderson
Elementary School

In 2012, Benicia Tree Foundation partnered with faculty, students and parents at Joe Henderson School and planted 80 trees at the campus.   The trees couldn't all be planted in one day, so planting started with a Saturday when all the students and their parents were invited to come together to plant as many trees as possible between 9am and noon.  Then, during the school week, the kindergarten and 1st grade classes had tree planting incorporated into their lesson plans, where they learned about trees, their importance to the community and how to plant them.  A local Girl Scout troop also helped out.

Students and their parents came together for a Saturday morning to plant trees at Henderson.


 

The three kindergarten teachers had their students planting trees during the week.

 

Parents helped the kindergarten classes too.

The first grade classes had a tree planting day too.

A local Girl Scout troop and students planted added two trees to the Henderson redwood grove.

Since the trees were planted, dozens of volunteers have faithfully tended these trees, hand watering and pruning... and we're thrilled to say that they have passed their establishment phase! These trees are off and running...and destined to provide lots of shade, clean the air and make the campus a better place for the students!

In December 1, 2018, Joe Henderson Elementary was the site of a Fall Arbor Day celebration sponsored by the Benicia Tree Foundation and  Benicia Unified, with funding assitance from California Releaf, PG& E, and the U.S. Forest Service.  Eight California live oak tree saplings (Quercus agrifolia) were donated by the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.  Students (and their families) from Ms. Schlosser's kindergarten class planted these saplings along a trail adjacent to the school. Our volunteers were greeted by a rainstorm at 9AM, but they were prepared for the weather and finished with the planting within an hour. 

Students and families from Ms. Schlosser's kindergarten class

Volunteers for Fall Arbor Day at Joe Henderson Elementary School

Volunteers at Fall  Arbor Day, Joe Henderson Elementary

Volunteers digging the hole for the tree saplings.

Volunteers at Fall Arbor Day, Joe Henderson Elementary

Tree planted!

 

In the spring of 2019, the Benicia Tree Foundation received a grant from California Releaf that funded the purchase of equipment to prune trees.  Two tree pruning clinics were held at Joe Henderson Elementary School.  For details on the outcome of these pruning clinics, click here.  Later that same year, a Second Saturday Tree Care Day occurred on November 9.  24 volunteers showed up at Joe Henderson to mulch 85 trees planted by students in 2012 and 2018, preparing them for winter rains.  For details on this Tree Care Day, click here.

In September 25, 2021, after Benicia High students came back to campus following a year-plus of virtual learning during the pandemic, the graduates of the Henderson kindergarten class organized a "reunion" with the trees they planted at Henderson in 2012.  For details on this event, click here.