Friday brought a unique visitor to Crimson Point Elementary. The Crimson Point administrators, in cooperation with Kuna Parks and Rec and with a grant from the Arbor Day Foundation, provided the school of kindergarten through eighth graders with an animated presentation on the wonder of trees.
Tim Womick calls himself an environmental performer. The former theatre student found his calling in the middle of a hardwood forest. Since 1990 Tim has traveled the country educating people of all ages about the importance of trees to their community’s health and personal well being. His fast-paced and highly animated program is “performance art”. Student arrived hearing Tim pound on a drum and are invited to clap back. During the program Tim asks the kids questions such as, “Who can tell me what kinds of cool things trees give us?” For their right answer kids get to come up on stage and become part of his act. Quickly the air of the auditorium is filled with kids’ voices shouting “Clean air!,” “Shade!,” “Food.” From dressing a kid like a tree to plastic fruit, Tim taught the kids that knowledge is power, and what an urban forest is. They learned that cellulosic elements are extracted from trees and used to make materials such as paper. The kids were completely captivated by Tim’s highly animated manner of teaching and remained captivated the entire time.
Bringing Tim to town was a part of Mayor Nelson’s Year of the Kid campaign. In a time where educators across the country are searching for ways to make school relevant to kids and encourage lower drop out rates, Tim is the perfect find. We should all take his advice and go outside, look up at a tree, and be thankful it its there helping out humanity one branch at a time.
For more information on Tim Womick and his message please visit http://www.treetures.com/Timstrail.htm.