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Magnolia Tree Earth Center Celebrates Earth Week

On Saturday, April 28,The Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford Stuyvesant (MTEC)  joins Crispus Attucks Public School 21, 180 Chauncey Street, Brooklyn, NY for a special dedication of a Magnolia Tree to beloved educator Adelaide Sanford. As the former Principal of PS21 and Vice Chancellor Emerita, Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, Sanford planted seeds of wisdom throughout the community encouraging students to learn about their culture and embrace their heritage.

The event is part of PS21’s annual school carnival, where MTEC will join the school’s science learning lab for fun, ecology-related learning activities, and the premiere of the first ecology song composed by former Parks arts and recreation worker Larry Banks dedicated to the children of Brooklyn.

In addition to the festive street carnival and tabled activities, PS21’s Science Learning Lab Students will conduct a guided tours of its state-of-art Hydroponics Lab. In January 2017, with funding from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, PS21 teamed up with New York Sun Works to create a greenhouse classroom to educate students on ecological sustainability. The innovative laboratory offers students fun, hands-on training that integrates gardening and agricultural concepts with academic subject areas. The lab offer student’s hands-on experience in conducting seed propagation, monitor water chemistry,  and collect data on plant growth. Last year students formed their very own garden club and this year students harvested a bumper crop of bock choy, collard greens, Malabar spinach along with a variety of herbs.

“The future of Brooklyn is ‘Green’,” says David Mark Greaves, board chair of MTEC.  “Magnolia is proud to be part of the ongoing environmental movement in our schools and in our community.”

For MTEC, trees growing in Brooklyn is more than a metaphor.  It is a fact of life, thanks to the legacy of the late Hattie Carthan, founder of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, who planted the Magnolia Grandiflora tree over 50 years ago. Carthan, considered New York City’s first urban environmentalist, presided over a coalition of 100 Block Associations that planted more than 1,500 ginkgo, sycamore and honey locust trees throughout the community.

MTEC’s 2018 Earth Week programs take the organization into the schools where STEM programs are alive, thriving and are as strong as the famed 45-foot Magnolia Grandiflora tree namesake, New York City’s only living landmark on Lafayette Avenue, across from Von King Park.

Bedford Stuyvesant’s Magnolia Tree Earth Center (MTEC) Earth Week celebration includes a variety of activities aimed to increase community awareness of urban ecology and the environment. Activities will kick off April 19th through the 28th and will include programs for students and schools; creative resources for STEM program administrators and teachers, in and around Central Brooklyn. “The future of Brooklyn is ‘Green’,” says David Mark Greaves, board chair of MTEC.  “Magnolia is proud to be part of the ongoing environmental movement in our schools and in our community.”

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