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WWF and the Fairmont Join Neighborhood School for Spruce Up

Francis Junior High School Students to Get Some Hands-on Gardening Experience

WASHINGTON, DC - World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Fairmont, Washington, D.C., have joined forces to help students at Francis Junior High School learn about plants and gardening.

On Friday April 16, at 9:00 a.m., staff members from WWF and the Fairmont Hotel will come equipped with plants, trees, flowers, gardening tools and gloves to meet science students at the junior high. WWF's Education Department will share some interesting botanical facts with students about using insect repelling plants and other environmentally friendly gardening tips. Then, students, teachers, WWF and Fairmont staff members will help clean the school grounds before they begin planting trees, flowers and shrubs. The project celebrates Earth Day, which is April 22, and is the first time the school, WWF and the Fairmont Hotel have teamed up to make their city block more beautiful.

The community cleanup and gardening project will last from 9:00 a.m. until approximately noon. "It is wonderful to have such caring neighbors who generously give their time and resources to our students and to our school," said Dr. Courtney Fletcher, principal of Francis Junior High. The school is located at 24th and N streets N.W.

World Wildlife Fund, known worldwide by its panda logo, leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats and to conserve the diversity of life on Earth. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe.

Located in Washington's west end on the edge of picturesque Georgetown at 2401 M St. N.W., the Fairmont Washington, D.C. is convenient to the city's finest museums, theatres, shopping and dining. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a collection of world-class resorts and city-center hotels that enjoy unrivalled prominence in the communities where they are located. Operating 43 properties throughout six countries, the Fairmont is committed to providing guests with exceptional service in distinctive surroundings. For more information or reservations, please visit the Web site at or call 1 (800) 441-1414.