(Rutherford County, Tenn.) Each year during February and March, Middle Tennessee Electric brings its educational initiative, Tree Wise, to local schools to teach students about environmental awareness and the importance of planting the right tree in the right place. During the presentation to students, an MTE representative conducts classroom activities and discussions on how to transport, plant and care for trees. The students are also taught about the importance of planting trees where they won’t interfere with the electric grid, best safety practices while around electric lines and MTE’s year-round efforts to trim vegetation. To conclude the program, students are given a tree sapling to take home and plant with their families, and they are encouraged to share the information they learned during the program.
Middle Tennessee Electric President / CEO Chris Jones stated, “We’re proud to educate students in an engaging way about the environment and what we do at MTE.” Jones further said, “I encourage teachers to take advantage of this free resource MTE offers to our community and schedule a presentation for their classrooms.”
Educators invited to book a guest speaker from Middle Tennessee Electric: Teachers and schools are encouraged to contact MTE to schedule a presentation for 2023 by calling (877) 414-7685 or emailing VegetationManagement@mtemc.com.