Chesapeake Master Gardener program growing a love of trees

One of the many thank-you notes that Mike Andruczyk has received since launching a tree-planting program in Chesapeake.

One of the many thank-you notes that Mike Andruczyk has received since launching a tree-planting program in Chesapeake.

If the drawing of the smiling girl standing in front of a rainbow and a tree weren’t enough to convey the impact of a Virginia Cooperative Extension program in the City of Chesapeake, then the writing underneath it did.

“Thank you for our katsura tree. You are awesome and great. I wish I was a tree planter like you,” a first-grader named Jenesis wrote in neat, tight handwriting. “Trees are beautiful to me!”

It was just one of the many thank-you notes that Extension Horticulture Agent Mike Andruczyk has received since launching the What is a Tree program that teaches students — many of who have never planted anything in their lives – about the value of trees.

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