Four Oaks has been notified that it is a recipient of the “Branching Out” grant. The program represents a partnership between Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, and Four Oaks to complete a community-based tree-planting project on the Four Oaks campus.
In its application, Four Oaks indicated it will involve local community organizations to assist in the plating. In addition, Four Oaks teachers will incorporate the planting and care of the trees into the curriculum.
“This is an exciting time for us. Not only does this project provide a tremendous opportunity for our kids, but it gives us a tangible way to involve the many groups who often ask to help our organization in some way,” said Nalini Joseph, program coordinator at Four Oaks.
Four Oaks is one of the state’s largest child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health agencies. It has operated a facility in Mason City since December 2006. In addition, it serves all 99 Iowa counties through 12 other facilities. For more information about Four Oaks and programs in the Mason City area, contact 319-364-0259 or visit the agency’s website at: www.fouroaks.org