For release: April 15, 2008
For press information, contact Lurene Cachola Kelley
Students, faculty, and parents at the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and
Research Institute at the University of Memphis will celebrate Arbor Day at the school
on Friday, April 25, with a “Help the Grove Grow” festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The school is located at 3771 Poplar Avenue
“Help the Grove Grow” is a fundraiser for environmentally friendly improvements to
Lipman School’s Pecan Grove, a stand of old-growth trees located at the southern edge
of the school’s campus that is used as an outdoor learning area by Lipman teachers.
In keeping with Arbor Day and its environmental theme, students have been working
on art projects made of recycled materials, planting herb, vegetable, and flower seedlings
in recycled pots, and taking nature photographs. These items and others will be for
sale at the festival.
The main events will take place between 10 and 11 a.m. and will include a children’s
program, tree planting, butterfly release, dedication of the Brown Family outdoor
stage, and a silent auction of original works of art created by Lipman students under
the direction of Erin King.
“At Lipman School, part of our mission is to build a true community,” said Sandra
Brown Turner, school director. “Part of building any community is understanding the
impact our actions have on those around us as well as on the environment. Arbor Day
is a wonderful opportunity to teach our students about the importance of taking care
of our world by recycling, planting trees, and conserving natural areas, like the
The Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute is the laboratory
and demonstration school of the University of Memphis College of Education. Its purposes
are to provide developmentally appropriate programs for children ages two through
six, to demonstrate best practices for students preparing for careers working with
young children, to facilitate research opportunities, and to model educational leadership
to the larger community.
For more information, call 901-678-2120.