in the Spirit of Arbor Day
Students learn about READI program and importance of environmental stewardship
SJTA mascot, Farley T. Fox, joins students of Radix Elementary School on Tuesday, April 16 to learn about the importance of environmental stewardship from members of the READI (Roadway Environmental Advancement Initiative) team of the SJTA (SJTA photo).
HAMMONTON, NJ - April 18, 2019 - It must be spring. The South Jersey Transportation Authority's Operations Department has started another campaign to teach young people about the importance of taking care of the environment, one school at a time.
The SJTA delivers its message in both word and deed. It presents an assembly program at each school it visits and ends by planting at least one native tree with the help of students.
This week SJTA Operations visited the Radix Elementary School in Williamstown on Tuesday, April 16; the Seaview Elementary School in Linwood on Wednesday, April 17; the Parkview Elementary School in Westville, Thursday, April 18.
Next week the SJTA plans to visit two schools: the George Hess Elementary School in Mays Landing on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m. and the Warren E. Sooy Elementary School in Hammonton on Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m.
In 2017 the Roadway Environmental Advancement Initiative was started because the Atlantic City Expressway occupies a significant environmental footprint in South Jersey that includes over 1,200 acres along its 44-mile span. The initiative is designed by the South Jersey Transportation Authority to help the Expressway coexist with nature while serving as a vital transportation artery that supports commerce, tourism and economic growth in South Jersey.
READI plants acres of wildflowers and reintroduces native perennials, plants trees native to SJ, establishes animal crossings and structures that support wildlife including bird boxes, butterfly houses, bat boxes and nesting platforms for ospreys.
READI has an educational component that involves presenting programs at local schools to support their environmental curriculums. These programs invite students to help plant a native tree(s) at each school visited. READI demonstrates the SJTA's daily commitment to environmental stewardship.
published gloucestercitynews.net | April 18, 2019