In October 2012, the Grade 8 Science class at Muir Lake School, Alberta, held a fund-raising event. The students chose Tree Canada as the recipient organization that best reflected their environmental interests.

Classroom teacher, Darci L’Hirondelle encouraged them in this project and arranged for them to present this cheque for $300.00 to Tree Canada’s regional representative, Dr. Peter Murphy, at the school on 6 December 2012.

There were eighteen students in the class. The class chose Jake MacKay to present the cheque. Three students, Kaitlyn Erick, Paige Tetzlaff and Jehanna Joyes, sang a well-composed rap song that they had written about trees and the environment.

Dr. Murphy thanked the students for their initiative and for recognizing Tree Canada in this way. This is the first school to have volunteered a cash contribution to Tree Canada, one that is very much appreciated. Murphy presented a certificate of thanks, some references about trees and presented Tree Canada pins. Tree Canada thanks them all – they truly represented, as stated in the Muir Lake website, “students who go out of their way to be good citizens and ambassadors for our school.” Muir Lake School is located about nine kilometers north of Stony Plain.

For twenty years, Tree Canada has engaged communities, governments, corporations, and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. Tree Canada provides Canadians with education, technical expertise, and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees; they have planted more than 78 million trees and greened more than 520 schoolyards across the country.