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What a Great Way to Celebrate Arbor & Earth Day!!

For the sixth consecutive year, Dominion will cultivate learning with Project Plant It! - a program developed to educate children, plant trees, and improve the environment.

Teachers in the Spotsylvania County school system received a kit of lesson plans, posters, stickers, and other materials for the classroom to help students learn about the important role of trees in the ecosystem. Students will receive a tree seedling to plant at home on Arbor Day - April 27, 2012. More than 25,000 elementary children across the Commonwealth are enrolled in Project Plant It! this year, including almost 1,800 fourth-graders in the Spotsylvania region.

Best of all, students can boost their math, science, language arts, and social studies skills while watching videos and playing interactive online games about trees and the environment at www.projectplantit.com.

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On the "Student" tab, there are five videos to learn all about trees and how to care for them. In addition, Project Plant It! has added three new games that teach kids about plant life and vocabulary, including timed jigsaw puzzles, a leaf identification matching game, and an interactive game to identify different tree species.

On the "Teacher" tab, there is a Teacher Toolbox listing all of the materials that can be downloaded at no charge. Teachers and parents will love the "Get Active!" section with almost a dozen ideas to get children out of the classroom and into the dirt for a personal encounter with Mother Nature.

"Each year, we closely evaluate all programs that are offered to our students and Project Plant It! continues to provide high quality instructional materials," said Dr. Jean R. Young, Supervisor of Science for Spotsylvania County Public Schools. "The science lesson plans, for example, sharpen a student's skills in scientific observation and analysis. Also, the lesson plans emphasize 21st century skills, such as communicating and collaborating in teams while building more global awareness about our environment."

Visit www.projectplantit.com for more information. Be sure to "Like" Project Plant It! on Facebook to view photos and stories about kids making a difference in their communities.

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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