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Students To Plant 100 Trees On TWU Campus

6/2/04


DENTON — Ninety high school students who are members of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) will help revitalize Texas Woman’s University’s Redbud Lane. The teens will plant 100 redbud trees along and around the historic lane Saturday, June 5.

“This is the third consecutive year the RYLA Leadership Institute has been held on the TWU campus,” said Mary Ann McDuff, RYLA Steering Committee member and past-president of the Denton Rotary Club. “The only thing missing from the experience the past two years was a service project, so the committee voted to provide and plant the trees as a service project and thank you to TWU.”

The trees will be planted on the north end of TWU’s Denton campus, near and around the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.

"This gift is just glorious," said TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. "It not only enhances our campus, it also is a gift to Denton, since so many people in the community enjoy our beautiful grounds."

TWU began a program during the Centennial in 2001 to restore Redbud Lane, and this gift will significantly advance the restoration, Dr. Stuart said. Redbud Lane began in the 1930s as part of a campus beautification program with a long-term goal of planting more than 2,000 redbud trees from one end of campus to the other.

RYLA Leadership Institute participants are high school juniors and seniors selected to attend the June 3-6 conference by 39 Rotary Clubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Abilene, Arlington, Azle, Bowie, Breckenridge, Burkburnett, Burleson, Cisco, Celburne, Coleman, Colleyville, Crowell, Decatur, Denton, Dublin, Eastland, Electra, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Gainesville, Graham, Grapevine, Hamlin, Haskell, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Iowa Park, Keller, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mineral Wells, Nocona, North Richland Hills, Sanger, Stamford, Stephenville, The Colony, Vernon, Weatherford and Wichita Falls. The institute is designed to help the students identify and develop their leadership skills.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu