Helena Schools receives Growing Friends Grant

Spring is a time for renewal, and new beginnings, and tree planting.  The season just got even better thanks to the partnership of Kalli Kind, Administrator for the district’s Support Services Buildings & Grounds Department and Madalyn Quinlan, retired Office of Public Instruction employee.  The team recently pulled together to discover, apply for, present a proposal for, and be awarded with a grant from Growing Friends Helena.

The grant funds will be spent on trees to be distributed among Bryant, Central, and Jim Darcy elementary schools and planted on school grounds.  Although most trees will be planted by contractors and district facilities office employees, some will be saved for individual schools and community members to plant.

The grant has freed up money previously earmarked for trees in the district’s budget.  According to Kind, “The awarded grant funds has freed up budgeted funds for alternative projects at the schools.”  She was quick to praise the efforts of her team, emphasizing their hard work and how grateful she was to them.

Growing Friends is an urban tree-planting organization, whose purpose is to enrich the quality of life in the Helena, Montana area by helping plant attractive, practical plants, shrubs, and trees where they will beautify the community and will be well-maintained.  Additional information can be found at http://www.growingfriends.org.