All the second graders at Park Avenue School received a live evergreen tree to take home and plant last Friday on Arbor Day. Mount Gilead Public Library Story hour teacher, Lori White, also known as “Miss Lori” organized the program to honor Arbor Day and brought the children some information about trees. Second grade classes that participated included: Mrs. Crim, Miss McElroy, Miss Brewer, Mrs. Lawson and Mrs. Mercurio.
“Miss Lori began by thanking Village Administrator, Dan Rogers for planting two ornamental trees at the library this spring. They will replace the two dead Ash trees that had to be cut down. She said the children were supposed to walk to the library for the Arbor Day celebration, but it rained on and off all day, so they gathered in two of the second grade classrooms
The program began with Mount Gilead Mayor, Mike Porter, who gave the children the history of Arbor Day in the United States. It was started in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska. Mayor Porter noted that trees are important to all of us by helping the air, giving us shade and beauty as well as having monetary value.
“When you plant these trees you will be planting for the future. Then you can watch them grow,” Porter said.
Miss Lori told the children that the trees were provided courtesy of Dan Barker, Program Administrator for Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District. Some of the trees were Colorado blue spruce and some were Fraser Firs.
Information for planting and care was attached to each tree. Miss Lori also encouraged the students to make sure their tree got planted. If they didn’t have a place for it, they should give it to a neighbor or relative who could plant it. She concluded the program by reading the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer.