FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2014
For more information:
Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Specialist
Glenville State College
GLENVILLE, WV–Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff will continue to plant trees and flowers at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Tuesday April 22nd. The efforts are part of their ongoing ‘Adopt-an-Airport’ annual Earth Day event.
“Since completing the tree plantings in 2011, GSC has continued to work each Earth Day to further beautify Yeager Airport. This year, GSC Hidden Promise scholars will participate in planting trees and daffodils around new airport signage halfway up Airport Road,” said project organizer and GSC Public Relations Specialist Bob Henry Baber. “In the past, Land Resources students as well as members of the Student Government Association, the GSC Baseball Team, and multiple campus clubs and organizations have all pitched in to this great ‘green’ project,” added Baber.
Starting in 2008, GSC’s Land Resources Department faculty, staff, and students created a comprehensive plan and led a series of interventions that planted over 10,000 trees in a successful effort to reforest the hillside within the viewshed of Interstates 64 and 79. Baber says that area was denuded when a significant portion of the mountainside was removed to extend the runway for safety reasons.
“This is a great opportunity for our Hidden Promise students to make West Virginia a prettier place and to fulfill our program’s strong commitment to community service. We’re excited to be a part of Earth Day activities,” said GSC Hidden Promise Director Teresa Sterns.
The Hidden Promise Program is an alliance of GSC and 41 county school districts in West Virginia, Ohio, and Connecticut aimed at increasing the number of high school and college graduates. The program currently has nearly 1,800 scholars system-wide and more than 100 full-time students enrolled on the Glenville State campus.
For more information about GSC’s Yeager Airport Adoption Earth Day event, contact Baber at Bob.Baber@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6390.