Barclays Employees Plant Trees at Wilmington's East Side Charter School
Celebrating Arbor Day and Supporting The National Arbor Day Foundation
WILMINGTON, Del., April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Seventy-five employees from Barclays US credit card operation will spend the day picking up trash and planting 125 trees around the border of a four acre field adjacent to East Side Charter School in northeast Wilmington, Delaware. The trees were donated by Barclays on behalf of their credit card partner The National Arbor Day Foundation. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2007. The field adjacent to the school has been littered with trash and surrounded by industrial properties for years. The school ultimately hopes to build a playground on the site and would like to some day add baseball and soccer fields. The tree-planting project is the first step toward creating the playground setting. Patrice Sheehan, Tree Program Manager at the Delaware Center for Horticulture provided advice on the ideal type and number of trees for the site as well as guidance for the long-term care of the trees. She will also be onsite to supervise the planting. Davey Tree has donated watering services to ensure that the trees make it through the first few months following their planting. Delaware celebrates Arbor Day on April 27. About The National Arbor Day Foundation The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of nearly 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org. About East Side Charter School East Side Charter School is the first charter school in the country to be founded with the assistance of -- and located within -- a public housing authority's property. The school serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Eight Grade. Eighty-five percent of their students live below the poverty line, and 65 percent live in single parent homes. East Side Charter is one of Barclays' primary community partners. About Barclays Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the U.S. credit card operations of Barclays PLC, has more than 50 existing credit card partnerships with some of the most successful travel, entertainment, educational and financial institutions in US including US Airways, AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, TiVo, Gulf Oil, Harvard Alumni Association, and UBS among others. For more information please visit http://www.barclaycardus.com. Barclays PLC is one of the world's largest global financial services providers primarily offering banking, investment banking and investment management services. Present in over 60 countries, Barclays is proud to serve over 20 million customers and employ more than 110,500 people worldwide. Barclaycard is one of the largest global credit card companies with 14.9 million credit card customers around the world. For more information about Barclays PLC and its six major divisions, please visit http://www.barclays.com
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