Middle School Students Study Local History Thanks To Friends Of Trees Grant

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Monomoy Middle School sixth graders visited some of Chatham's most significant trees as part of a study of local history, supported by a grant from the Friends of Trees. COURTESY PHOTO

CHATHAM – Friends of Trees helped support Monomoy Middle School's “Finest Hours” field trips with a grant to support a program that immersed students in local history. 

“Chatham’s trees are living artifacts, survivors of decades of change and anchors to the town’s history,” said Friends of Trees president DeeDee Holt. “We were pleased to support this program and Ms. Bourget's effort to make this meaningful connection and bring greater awareness to the value of trees in the community.”

Sixth grade students learned about wireless radio at the Marconi Maritime Museum and visited the Atwood House and Museum to see the many artifacts from the 1952 rescue of the Pendleton crew portrayed in “The Finest Hours” book and movie, including a replica of the CG36500 cabin. Students also met the Coast Guard for a guided tour of the Chatham lighthouse and their contemporary rescue boats. Guided by the Friends of Trees walking tour brochure, students also visited some of Chatham’s most significant trees, including the massive copper beech on Water Street.

Friends of Trees is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical aspects of Chatham by planting and maintaining trees and through grants to local non-profits that share our mission. Friends of Trees also endeavors to educate the public to the important role trees play in Chatham's environment. Find out more at www.friendsoftreeschatham.org.