Rep. Glardon takes part in community project to revive Oak Grove in Owosso
State Rep. Ben Glardon recently helped plant more than 30 trees at Owosso’s Emerson Elementary School as part of Arbor Day celebrations. Glardon’s efforts also will count toward a new program called Legislators Building Communities, which encourages lawmakers to volunteer in their community.
The trees will help revive the Oak Grove on the school grounds. Glardon, who takes part in many volunteer events and programs throughout his legislative district, was eager to help students and other volunteers plant the trees.
The Legislators Building Communities (LBC) program, which kicked off on April 30, asks Michigan state senators and representatives to volunteer at least four hours of their time on a project in their local district. The project’s goal is to raise legislators’ awareness of the needs in their own community and efforts that are currently underway to address those needs.
Projects through LBC can include anything from building or rehabilitating a house, taking part in a community cleanup, doing a homeless count, planting a garden, wielding a paint brush and more.
The tree project received a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant, but received private donations as well to help fund the project.