Students at Wildwood Middle School partnered with Project CommuniTree last month to plant native shrubs and trees on campus. More than 50 students in science classes taught by Francine DeRhonda and Carolyn Thomas worked with representatives from the Cacapon Institute to plant spicebush, serviceberry and viburnums. The teachers note that the new trees will provide shade, beautify campus, improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and generating oxygen, and provide habitat for native wildlife such as butterflies and birds. Students benefit, too, DeRhonda and Thomas note, by allowing them to connect classroom learning with hands-on work. Other benefits for the young people involved include promoting volunteerism and increasing their sense of campus pride and ownership. Students and teachers will be responsible for the maintenance of the trees. More on Project CommuniTree may be found at cacaponinstitute.org.