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Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) Awarded 14 Trees Through Boyce Thompson Arboretum's 100 Tree Spree Initiative
By Lindsay Hansen - Wednesday Nov 08, 2023
The Apache Junction Unified School District (AJUSD) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded 14 native trees through the Boyce Thompson Arboretum's 100 Tree Spree initiative, marking a significant milestone in AJUSD's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and beautification of its school campuses.

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum's 100 Tree Spree initiative, launched as part of their centennial celebration, has been a collaborative effort that brings together public institutions, schools, and nonprofits to plant 100 native trees throughout the Valley and its neighboring communities from October through December. The initiative aims to enhance the environment, combat the challenges posed by the ongoing climate crisis, and promote biodiversity through the planting of native trees.
AJUSD Schools are among the esteemed recipients of this valuable initiative. The trees bestowed upon the district include a variety of native species such as Blue Palo Verdes, Foothill Palo Verdes, and Catclaw Acacias. These trees will not only contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the school campuses but will also play a vital role in fostering a healthier and more sustainable environment.

Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Superintendent of AJUSD, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the school district's participation in the Boyce Thompson Arboretum's 100 Tree Spree initiative. He stated, "We are truly excited and grateful to be a part of this exceptional initiative. Trees are not just beautiful additions to our school grounds; they provide essential benefits to our environment and the community as a whole. They offer shade to our students, clean the air we breathe, and promote biodiversity in our local ecosystem."

The inclusion of these trees in AJUSD's school campuses aligns with the district's ongoing commitment to fostering environmental awareness and sustainability among its students. The trees will serve as valuable tools for education, allowing students to learn about the vital role trees play in mitigating the effects of climate change and preserving the beauty of Arizona's natural landscape.
The AJUSD community is excited about this opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and looks forward to nurturing and preserving these trees for generations to come.

For further information about the Boyce Thompson Arboretum's 100 Tree Spree initiative, please visit their website at