8 Businesses to Work at in Fairfield

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We understand that when it comes to your family, that safety and a good education are the most important things you will be looking for when you are ready to move. Sometimes city life just isn’t suiting the needs of your family anymore. That’s why we’ve put together some information here so you can picture your life in Fairfield, Iowa.

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This blog can help you picture your new location, and give an idea of where important facilities

such as work, school, grocery stores and other important places are situated. You can also find a relocation packet on the chamber of commerce website.

Top 8 businesses you can apply to today!

  1. Cambridge Investment Group- Privately controlled financial solutions firm focused on serving independent financial advisors and their investing clients with a broad range of choices regarding financial Solutions. Click here to find out more!
  2. Food Chain ID Group– For more than two decades, FoodChain ID has been at the vanguard of the New Food industry, providing expertise worldwide to navigate the requirements of an increasingly regulated food economy and technical services to support the demand for clean label standards. Click here to find out more!
  3. TENCO-For more than 30 years, the Tenco Foundation, Inc. has focused on one purpose, to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. How do they accomplish such a lofty goal? In two primary ways—providing a sound financial base for Tenco Industries, Inc. and by investing directly in the people it serves. Click here to find out more!
  4. Premier Housing Management– An innovative, full-service real estate company that is focused on personal service and the business results you need and deserve. Click here to apply!
  5. Green Building Supply– Green Building Supply (GBS) is the Midwest’s oldest and largest eco-building supply retailer. Now in its 20th year, GBS has more than 30,000 satisfied customers who continue to be our best customers. They gained their reputation by sourcing the best products and providing excellent customer service. This resulted from extensive research and monthly hands-on training of their staff. Click here to find out how you can be part of the team!
  6. Creative Edge Mastershop- Operating from its headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa, Creative Edge is known as the pioneering firm that first harnessed the capabilities of high pressure waterjet technology to design, fabricate and deliver unique architectural projects. Click here to learn more!
  7. First National Bank- First National Bank in Fairfield is proud to offer personal banking, business banking agricultural banking and lending opportunities. Click here to see what employment opportunities there are!
  8. Shaus Vorhies Companies- General & Sub Contractor, Metal Building Erector, Industrial Contractor, Wood Timber Construction, Span Buildings and a lot more. Click here for more information about the company!

What people are saying about Fairfield

  • The Smithsonian: “One of the top ten small towns to visit.”
  • National Center for Small Communities: “Top entrepreneurial small city in America.”
  • Buzzfeed: ” One of the eleven coolest small cities.

fairfield iowa sunsetIf you need further convincing then check out our blog about the, “Top 10 Benefits of Living in a Small Town.”

To learn more about why Maharishi School would be good for your kids, click here.

Want to know how Maharishi School responded to the coronavirus, click here.

Top 10 Tips for Creating a Balanced Teenager, click here.

Banner Art created by the Artist Everett Day click here to see his work.

 

Who is Speaking At Graduation?

Jessica Hawthorne-Castro to speak at 2020 Graduation Ceremony

We are honored to have Maharishi School Alumni Jessica Hawthorne-Castro as our distinguished guest speaker for the 2020 graduation ceremony! We will be having an “outdoor (in person) – online” hybrid, using event our spacious courtyard to accommodate the 10 graduates who’ll still be here, while the other five students will be tuning in online from China, Korea, and Mexico.

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We wish we could share it with everyone but it needs to be a private event to maximize safety, everyone will be wearing masks, sanitizing hands and practicing social distancing. A video of the full graduation ceremony will be posted on our Youtube channel at a later date.

About Maharishi School Alumni Jessica Hawthorne-Castro

A Fairfield native and proud Maharishi School graduate, Jessica Hawthorne-Castro is currently based in Los Angeles and the CEO and owner of
Hawthorne Advertising, an award winning technology-based advertising agency specializing in analytics and accountable brand

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campaigns. Hawthorne Advertising was founded in Fairfield, IA nearly 35 years ago by Tim Hawthorne, and now has offices in Fairfield, Los Angeles and employees in several other states across the country.

Hawthorne Advertising has a legacy of ad industry leadership by being a visionary in combining the art of right-brain creativity with the science of left-brain data analytics and neuroscience. Many of the company philosophies can be tied back to the curriculum she studied at Maharishi School. Jessica’s role principally involves fostering long-standing client relationships with the company’s expansive base of Fortune 500 brands to develop highly strategic and measurable advertising campaigns, designed to ignite immediate consumer response. From strategy, creative and production to media and analytics, Jessica is committed to premium quality and innovation throughout all agency disciplines.

CEO of Hawthorne Advertising

As CEO of Hawthorne Advertising, Jessica has prioritized company culture and corporate social responsibility and is a Climate Change Reality Ambassador. Today, Hawthorne is a certifiedwoman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a Great Place to Work®, and on the Inc. 5000 list. She is a member of the Forbes

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Agency Council and Ad Age’s Agency Collective, invitation-only organizations for senior-level executives in public relations, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. She is the incoming Chair of the Board for the  ANA ECHO Board of Governors, the elite group behind one of the most coveted prizes in marketing as well as a participant in TED International, TED Women communities and Vistage International. She is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the global organization empowering more than 28,000 members in more than 130 countries and is the Chapter Chair for YPO Los Angeles and on the YPO Pacific U.S Regional Executive Board.

Prior to joining Hawthorne Advertising, Hawthorne-Castro was a successful TV literary agent with William Morris Endeavor (formerly Endeavor), one of Hollywood’s top full-service talent agencies representing writers, directors and producers for television. As the agent for an maharishi school 2020 graduation speaker alumni jessica hawthorneimpressive list of WME’s top TV talent, she identified and negotiated opportunities for shows airing on all major broadcast and cable television networks. She also packaged key elements necessary to develop shows, working regularly with executives from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, USA, Bravo and others.Jessica Hawthorne-Castro graduated from Maharishi School, then moved to Los Angeles and received a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and then several years later went back to obtain her MBA from Loyola Marymount University. When Jessica isn’t busy with the company, culture, and board participation, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling back to Fairfield and all over the world (over 50 countries so far and can thank Fairfield and its diverse roots for her love of travel). She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, 7 year old son and newborn daughter.

Click here to read, “A conversation with Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, CEO of Hawthorne,” and learn more about our graduation speaker.

Maharishi School Alumni: The Next Generation

Why are the Alumni important?

Maharishi School is educating the second generation of families. Alumni can be found in many places throughout the school as teachers, staff, and board members. Our students can network with alumni to enhance their experience or hear perspective on the way life used to be. This school has gone through many changes over the years and thanks to the input from our alumni, it will keep evolving.

The Next Generation at Maharishi School

Empowering Education, published by the Suryadatta Education Foundation, states that “An organization’s alumni are the reflection of its past, representation of its present and a link to its future.” At Maharishi School, we couldn’t agree more. A few of our alumni have answered some questions about their experience as well as what it’s like sending the next generation of children to Maharishi School.

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” I feel fortunate to be able to send my kids to Maharishi School knowing that they are receiving a Consciousness-Based education. They come home happy and excited for the next day.”

-Mala Markowitz graduated in 2000. Her her son, Mekhi, and daughter, Natalie, are attending in the 9th and 3rd grades.

“We love how the school has evolved through the years and we really wanted our kids to have an alternative education like we had. We feel like it was a big part of our decision to stay in Fairfield. We love that our voices are heard at the school and we can help shape our kids Alumni Ben and Mira with their sons Ronan and Declanlearning experience. It’s so cool to see how the school adapts beautifully to each new generation.”

-Mira graduated in 2001 and Ben Daniels graduated in 1998. Their sons, Ronan and Declan, are currently attending the 5th and 1st grades.

“I feel very comforted when I drop Leni off at the school in the community that I grew up in. I enjoy get seeing other alumni that I grew up with dropping their kids off as well. Dr. Richard Beall has created an all inclusive community alumni eliana with daughter lenithat is welcoming to everyone. This inclusivity attracted me to the school.  I value the curriculum as being a part of who I’ve become.”

-Eliana Freeman, Maharishi School Board Chair, graduated in 1999. Her daughter, Leni, is attending Kindergarten.

“Having come back to Fairfield after 10 years of living in another state, it’s been wonderful seeing how the school has grown and changed. It is a great feeling to be able to send our son, Henry, to Maharishi School. He is always excited to get to school in the morning and can’t wait to tell us about his day when he alumni Christi and Ben with their son Henrycomes home. It’s a pleasure seeing how Henry is blossoming and gaining confidence at the preschool.”

-Ben and Christi Stone graduated in 2001 and their son Henry is currently attending Preschool in the Maharishi School Children’s House.

 

Generations Day

Our alumni are so important to Maharishi School, as well as their parents. Laura Bordow developed Generations Day  to highlight this special relationship. She explained, “We are very excited to announce a new tradition at Maharishi School called Generations Day. It was inspired by the realization that our Generations Day 2019student body now includes 37 second-generation students representing over 50 grandparents who all live locally. On this day, guests will get a glimpse of what our students experience every day. They will visit classrooms, see musical performances, and leave with a photo to remember the day.”

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Give Us the Ballot – Ari Berman Visits Iowa City Book Festival

Maharishi School alumni Ari Berman is speaking this Friday night, October 5, at 7pm, at the Iowa City Book Festival. ICBF writes,

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” [Ari] has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.”

Ari, a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a Fellow at The Nation Institute, is an expert on the issues of gerrymandering, voter registration, and voter suppression—topics that are on the mind of many in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Ari’s book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in 2015 and is as relevant as ever. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. The event is in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, co-sponsored by the Johnson County League of Women Voters and the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.

 

To learn more about our academics or to contact a member of our admissions staff, click here.

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Hannah Nichols
Marketing and PR
Maharishi School
hnichols@msae.edu
Fairfield, IA 52556

 

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz Exploring the World Through Journalism

Maharishi School and MUM alumni Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at Smithsonian magazine. When she started her job in 2015, her employer was quite familiar with MUM, since the magazine featured Fairfield as one of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2013.

“It was wonderful to start a new job and realize I didn’t have to explain Transcendental Meditation,” said Jennie. “People see it as an asset in my background that makes me better suited to handling stress and coming up with creative ideas.”

Jennie grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Maharishi School in 1993.  She went on to attendMaharishi University and earned a major in literature and a minor in writing in 1997. Jennie loved learning about the world through storytelling. After completing the Transcendental Meditation® Teacher Training Course, she went to graduate school at UC Berkeley and majored in journalism.

In 2006 Jennie started working at The Atlantic magazine as senior editor. She was instrumental in developing the online version of the magazine and turning it into a robust internet publication. Now she writes and edits articles for the print edition of Smithsonian, which satisfies her curiosity and thirst for knowledge. “The whole driving force behind the magazine is knowledge and the excitement of learning new things,” she explains, “it’s great to be part of that.”

Jennie lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, MSAE alumnus Jonathan Gritz, and two small children. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the guitar. She also makes sure to visit Fairfield regularly.

“TM helps me work better under pressure, be happier inside, and have more clarity,” said Jennie. “Just like at any job, we have deadlines; we have things that don’t turn out the way we expected. Meditating makes it easier to stay focused and do my job well, but not take success or failure too seriously.”

It’s wonderful to track the careers of our alumni and see them thriving and enjoying life!  We’re pleased to announce that Jennie will be the graduation speaker for the Maharishi School class of 2017 – we look forward to her speech, and know she will be a great role model for our students.

Thanks to Maharishi University for permission to reprint photos and text from their article.

Maharishi Preschool: Education for the Next Generation

Maharishi Preschool has, in the past few years, become a daily alumni reunion with so many second generation students being enrolled along with alumni teachers joining the faculty team. Here are just a few of the alumni parents and faculty now involved in Maharishi Preschool:

Emily Schweitz Martlin, 1998, & Like Martlin 1994

“I graduated in 1998 and I went to MUM right after graduation. I studied fine arts, then I realized that I wanted to study acting. So I left MUM and moved away for about eight years, and came back in 2009.
The business I was in, the acting world, is very stressful and exhausting. I realized I had been going, going, going without any breaks or time to rest and so I realized I had to come back to Fairfield and take a break. The more time I spent in Fairfield the more I realized I wanted to stay – any creative venture I had was supported.

Then I met my husband, Luke Martlin, and we had our son Cal two years ago. We were talking about moving out of town – Luke wanted to pursue his PhD in the humanities – but because we had Cal we thought, this is not what we need to be doing, we need to be living in Fairfield where it’s a sweet space for him, and easy and safe. We both liked the idea of him coming back to MSAE because it was a sweet experience for us.
We feel like it’s the best place for him to be in terms of the level of sweetness and safety and attention.”

Mira Waller Daniels, 2001, & Ben Daniels, 1998

“Both Ben and I went all the way through MSAE from preschool through graduation, and all of our siblings did as well, we’re the alumni family. We both really felt that an education at MSAE was an important thing that we wanted our kids to have. That’s one of the main reasons we’re still here in Fairfield, other than the fact that our families are here and that’s wonderful to be able to be with them.

I love the extended outdoor space for the kids. The Nature Explore classroom and the greenhouse are so beautiful, there are so many spaces and growing things. The kids take ownership of that stuff, “this is our strawberry patch”, they go over there and it’s their space.

I love the calm, I can tell that Declan craves the calm of the classroom. I love that, with both my boys going through the preschool, I totally see that calm at home.

And the diversity – I love that – because I feel like if there’s one thing above academic learning goal I have it’s to raise them to be citizens of the world and have zero boundary when it comes to any other kid. There are kids from Gambia and India and China and they celebrate the cultures and their uniqueness and it’s a special thing. I love that idea of celebrating difference and diversity because then the kids feel like not only do I get to have all these friends going through school with me, but I get to learn about their cultures that are unique.

Sarah Krone, 1999

After Sarah graduated she went to the University of Iowa and got a BA in English in 2003. She has since lived in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado, before moving back to Fairfield three months ago. Sarah is now working at the preschool in the mornings, and loving the experience.

“I really like the Montessori philosophy, plus I love being outside and being around little kids, so it’s the perfect fit! There’s something really sweet about being around small children even though it’s challenging.”

Brianna Eason, 2006

Brianna attended Maharishi University and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Media and Communications and a minor in business.

“What I was doing before was marketing and web design, which was fun, but I felt like I wasn’t very actively engaged in the community. I felt wasn’t really making that much of a difference. So I decided to shift everything over and work with kids, because it would be a great area where I could contribute and make a difference.
I really like it, it’s a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Thomas Weiss Accepted to PhD Program at Columbia University

Maharishi School class of 2012 alumni Thomas Weiss just graduated from Cornell College in Mt Vernon, Iowa, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology.  Cornell College has a small student body of 1,200 and operates on a block plan, similar to Maharishi University of Management.  

Weiss felt well prepared for his college education due to the consciousness based teaching methods and structure used at MSAE.  He reflects, “I think it was good preparation because our curriculum focused on making connections between classes and between topics within the classes, and I think that was a really good learning strategy for me in college; it helped me understand what I was learning more and see more deeply into it.”

In addition to the learning methods and study skills Weiss maintained from his MSAE days, he also continued the Transcendental Meditation practice he participated in since Kindergarten.  Weiss recalls, “Meditation helped me a lot, we had four hours of class on the block program, I’d get out at three and be pretty exhausted, and then I’d meditate and I’d be ready for the rest of the day.”

Weiss is now moving on to the Ivy League, as he has been accepted to the PhD Program at Columbia University in New York!  He has chosen to earn his degree in Paleoclimatology, the study of climate change throughout earth’s history.  The program will not only be tuition free, but Weiss will receive a stipend to cover living expenses.

We’re excited for Thomas – a degree program in New York City with so many new people to meet, so much culture to explore, and of course, so many things to learn!  We look forward to hearing about his PhD program experiences, graduation, and continuing educational path.  Weiss predicts that he will become a professor, but is open to other possibilities that may present themselves.

Good luck, Thomas, and stay in touch!

Maharishi School Grad Yale Shaw Bring Award Winning Design to Life Saving Technology

As a kid Yale Shaw suffered from food allergies so severe that he needed to bring an Epipen everywhere he went. An Epipen is designed to inject a dose of epinephrine into muscle tissue, halting an allergic reaction for ten to twenty minutes, long enough to get help at an emergency room. Even though Yale knew on an intellectual level that this was a necessity, he couldn’t help wanting to leave the device behind and be like his allergy free friends and peers. The Epipen felt stigmatizing, a visual marker for his medical condition.
Yale remembered this feeling and arrived at a solution with “Epi”, his entry in the 2015 international Spark Design competition. “A large part of the project actually addresses the social stigma with carrying medical devices,” Shaw said. “I wanted to create a device that people would be confident about carrying — changing the paradigm.” His design is sleek and modern, not even identifiable as a medical device at a glance.
Epi goes well beyond a mere design update, however, by incorporating a cell phone app to contact 911 once the device is utilized. Once triggered, Epi transmits personal information, location, and allergy alerts, saving valuable time that can make the difference between life and death in the case of severe anaphylaxis. Shaw assures, “The information would be encrypted so that only professional emergency authorities would be able to see it”. 
Epi garnered Yale the silver design award, placing him in the top five percent among more than 500 global competitors. Yale combined necessity, creativity, and hard work to secure this prize, but his father feels that his academic career at Maharishi School prepared him for this arena. “I attribute a lot of it to the fact that he went to Maharishi School and practiced Transcendental Meditation growing up,” Craig said of his son’s success. “He’s very fortunate; from the time he was a senior in high school he knew exactly what he wanted to do.”
It’s wonderful to see our graduates shine in their field; congratulations Yale! To read more about Epi or Yale’s other projects visit http://www.yaleshaw.com and keep checking back in the future to see what he creates next!

Many thanks to the Fairfield Ledger for the quotes used in this blog post.

Interview with Jessica Hawthorne-Castro

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Semifinalist

Reprinted with permisson by Fairfield Weekly Reader

 

FWR: It’s a tremendous honor to be a semi-finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, tagged “the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.” What do you believe attracted the judges’ attention?
JHC: I’ve always held myself and my work to the highest standards. Whether it was being one of the youngest females to be promoted to full talent agent in the competitive entertainment industry at the Endeavor Agency (now WME/William Morris Endeavor), or during the course of the past eight years at Hawthorne Direct, where I worked my way up within Hawthorne Direct from the role of Account Executive to present owner, Chairman and CEO. During that time, I also completed my MBA with honors and had my son, Braden, while maintaining a successful marriage and climbing the corporate ladder. Over the years, I have constantly strived to foster service-oriented relationships with all of our company’s clients, helping them to envision, create and execute powerful advertising campaigns that build and grow brands, and ignite consumers.
FWR: What have been the building blocks of your career, i.e. your mentors, business model(s), etc.?
JHC: Mentors are very important. I have been fortunate to have mentors in all of my various jobs – but I sought them out. It’s important to realize that you are not just automatically given a mentor when you start your career. You have to be proactive and develop these relationships, knowing that they are not going to just be handed to you. I’ve developed many strong relationships on my own over the years, and they have each been extremely beneficial as I’ve progressed through my career.
And the apple must not fall far from the tree because another amazing fact that I wasn’t aware of until after I had been awarded semi-finalist in Los Angeles, is that Tim Hawthorne [Jessica’s dad] had previously won Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young) for Iowa/Nebraska region in 1996 in the Marketing category.
FWR: What good business practices have you created and encouraged at Hawthorne Direct?
JHC: I try to foster a learning and growing environment for young contributing Hawthorne Direct staffers. I initiated an internship training program that has turned into full-time employment opportunities for countless employees who have enjoyed personal and professional growth at Hawthorne Direct. I’m proud to note that if an employee has not continued with the agency, they have also gone on to work for other marketing companies and we’ve continued strong relationships with these former Hawthorne employees. All Hawthorne Direct employees receive training opportunities regularly. This includes webinars, seminars, summits and conferences.
But most importantly, Hawthorne has always been a market leader in analytics and attribution in advertising. We constantly encourage our team members to be in think tanks, and challenge ourselves with questions in what is the next big thing in advertising going to be. Every day we dig deep and innovate. It’s exciting; we love to see what develops and thrive on it.
FWR: How do you evolve and support a good team?
JHC: I believe in valuing the quality of the lives as well as livelihoods of my employees and I live this in the Company Culture mission I initiated. My dedication to the culture at Hawthorne Direct fosters a commitment to both the work and personal lives of my employees via supporting flexible work schedules, empowering employees to operate from remote offices when possible. I’ve ensured generous vacation offerings, regularly share additional paid holidays with my team and promoted giving back to the local community as part of our culture.

Vikas Narula (1990) to Distribute 1400 Trees to FF Area

First published by the Fairfield Ledger, Nicole Hester-Williams, staff writer

Neighborhood Forest, a nonprofit organization that gives away seedling trees to children, plans to distribute nearly 1,400 free trees to Fairfield area students to be planted on Earth Day.

According to the organization’s website, the trees are given as part of an initiative to provide children a way to connect with the earth, assist with neighborhood beautification and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds in the air.

The organization, which plans to deliver more than 5,000 free trees April 22 in five states, including Ontario, Canada, has its roots in Fairfield.

Vikas Narula (1990 Maharishi School graduate) is Neighborhood Forest’s founder. He was a junior at Maharishi University of Management in 1993 when he initially conceived the idea for the project.

This photo, taken in 1993, shows Vikas Narula helping a Fairfield student plant a seedling tree. Narula, founder of Neighborhood Forest, launched the organization to provide students with trees to plant on Earth Day.

Narula said he worked with his fellow classmate, Belinda Hoole, who helped him launch a fashion show dance party called EcoJam.

The money raised from the first EcoJam was used to purchase several hundred trees for Fairfield area youth.

“It was a key fundraiser for us,” Narula said. “I can’t believe it’s still going on.”

After graduating from MUM in 1994, Narula moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began working in corporate America.

In the midst of climbing the corporate ladder, Narula found himself bedridden for a month, and he realized he was dissatisfied with the direction in which his life had taken.

Narula said his “deathbed” experience brought the tree project back to the forefront of his mind, and he launched Neighborhood Forest in 2009.

“It’s a fantastic feeling really; it’s a feeling of coming home,” Narula said. “What started as a not so good experience with ill health, made me realize what I really loved and had a passion for. It was something that I had to go away from to realize how much it meant to me.”

Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has provided trees to more than 10,000 children who have helped plant more than 5,000 trees across the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Neighborhood Forest garnered five local sponsors that underwrote the project in Fairfield.

Sponsoring one child to plant a tree on Earth Day costs $1.99 annually.

“We secured funds from wonderful sponsors, [such as] Hy-Vee, Everybody’s Agri-Industrial Plastics, Cambridge Financial Research and Iowa State Bank,” he said. “About one-third of families in Fairfield signed up.”

Students will participate from Washington, Pence and Libertyville elementary schools, Fairfield Middle School, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment and Home School Assistance Program.

Participating students will plant eastern white pine seedlings, and tree shipments will arrive at the schools prior to Earth Day, April 22.

“The beauty of it is that there is so much work that needs to be done,” Narula said. “The sky’s the limit. There’s so much joy to be derived from this.”