September 23, 2010

Trees, cash for creative schools

Source: NYSUT Communications

A new Documen-Tree contest, designed to educate and create awareness about the positive impact trees have on the environment, will provide one school or community with five unique, historical trees from American Forests Historic Tree Program, along with $5,000 for new school or community supplies.

Participants can enter by going to www.cintas.com/documentree and submitting a creative video that is 90 seconds or less, or an online submission stating why they think their school or community deserves to win. The deadline is Oct. 30.

Cintas Corp., which handles secure document management, is partnering with American Forests to host the inaugural Documen-Tree contest. American Forests is a nonprofit citizens conservation organization. The winning school will also have 100 trees donated in the organization's name to an American Forests Global ReLeaf restoration project.

Cintas Document Management will also host a free shred event for the community to protect against identity theft. All shredded documents will be recycled into secondary paper products, such as paper towels.

In addition, three runners-up will receive two historic trees for their school along with an educational program to teach students and the community about the significance of the trees and how to care for them.

Cintas has an ongoing partnership with American Forests' Global ReLeaf program. For every order that Cintas catalog division receives containing one of its eco-apparel products, it plants one tree through the Global ReLeaf program. The partnership has resulted in planting more than 4,000 trees.