Illinois College asking for your vote in tree-planting contest

By Gary Scott on November 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

Illinois College is one of three schools competing in a contest that could result in a $10,000 grant to plant trees in northeast Jacksonville.

The trees would go up in the Vas Homes neighborhood on the south side of Independence Avenue, near Lincoln School, and provide educational activities for the Early Years Program.

According to the press release, Illinois College students will plant 40 trees and 30 shrubs in the spring. Students will provide tree and leaf education lessons and activities under the guidance of District 117 if Jacksonville wins.

The competition is being offered to conduct student service projects that plant trees in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, according to information provided by Illinois College.

According to a press release, online voting will take place from November 9th to the 13th- next Monday through Friday- at You can vote once a day. Two colleges will be picked to win in the Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest.