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.
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
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