CCHY helps the environment by planting trees in Snyder Park

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 11, 2017

The environmental club at the Community of Christians Helping Youth non-profit organization is helping the environment by planting more trees at Snyder Park.

CCHY focuses on teaching kids the importance of healthy, clean air by planting trees within the community.

“We have planted all the trees in Snyder Park and we have been doing so since 2002,” Executive Director Roy Acker said. “One of our goals is to teach kids about STEAM and getting them involved in protecting the environment. There’s no better way to do so than by learning hands-on.”

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Students of all ages are members of the non-profit organization. Participants attend grades from first to 10th.

“We planted the little trees next to the baseball field earlier in April,” Acker said. “After we planted the trees, we started to come out here once a week around August to make sure they’re all right and to clean up around the park.”

Members of the environmental club in CCHY also help around the city by picking up trash on the side of the road.

Field trips are also planned to various nurseries.

“We have a representative from the United States Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to us in a couple of days and we’re looking forward to it,” Acker said.

“We are sponsored by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation and His Way, Inc. and we couldn’t do any of these activities without them,” Acker said.