Pat Lewis, Sales Director, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Verizon Wireless, guest blogs about the awesome experience he and his team had working with KIB!
When you’re a busy retail employee, you don’t have a lot of opportunities to put on the work gloves and dig in the dirt. But Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) provided a dozen of our Verizon Wireless retail experts a day in the sun recently to help beautify the city and learn a thing or two about trees.
Verizon Foundation provided a $10,000 grant that was designated for a far west-side KIB Club. Instead of just writing a check, we took some time off, put on the work gloves and sweatshirts and headed to the Ben Davis University High School campus on a sunny November morning.
KIB works with schools in Marion County to extend the science lesson beyond the classroom. With teacher Patrick Burtch and KIB Clubs project manager Heather Maurer, we dug in. No one said digging a tree hole would be easy, but we had great fun in the process.
Away from a keyboard and computer, students took a shovel and learned how a tree should be properly planted to thrive. They learned the Latin species name for witch hazel trees, Hamamelis vernalis, and made sure the newly planted fruit trees got a good drink of water.
Witch hazel trees can flower anytime from December through March and don’t require a lot of special handling or soil. They’re hardy and fast growing, so the efforts will be visible soon on this school’s campus.
The tree-planting program is part of the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s KIB Clubs, where students and teachers get to know nature close-up by educational projects like tree plantings.
We’re proud of our employees who donated time for this partnership in Indianapolis and to beautify the high school campus with 13 new trees. If you haven’t sponsored a KIB Club, please consider doing so. It’s a great treat for your employees and a wonderful gift to the city.
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