Do you know the value of a tree? The students at Park Elementary School hosted an Arbor Day celebration on Friday to plant one tree and to learn about the value of trees to our urban forest.
Students, faculty and members of the Swanton Tree Commission took part in a celebration to honor the role that trees play in our lives. Together, they planted a tulip tree on the Park Elementary School grounds that may grow to a height of 90 feet, providing not only shade but storm water retention, energy savings and additional property value.
Swanton Tree Commission members Walt Lange, Dan Ledyard, Joyce Mille,r and Jim Lammon, along with Rosanna Hoelzle, village administrator, provided the materials and dug the hole for a new addition to the school’s arboretum. Students were taught the proper techniques in locating, planting and supporting the new tree to assure successful tree growth.
With this year’s projects, the Swanton Tree Commission will be responsible for planting in excess of 50 trees, which at maturity will provide approximately $8,000 in savings in storm water retention, energy, and property value annually to the Village of Swanton, according to the commission.
Prior to the planting, students of Park Elementary produced an entertaining program called “Jeopartree” to quiz their fellow students on their knowledge of trees. Everyone learned at least one important fact about trees.
Fifth grade students who created the program included Ellie Hartford, Kaden Curtis, Jack Kitzmiller, Saylor McNally, Logan Pelland, Aaron Runido, Elie Sachs, Sadie Walters, Sloane Geisel, Blaize Garncarz, Megan Haselman, Jaydyn Friedman, Blue Stiles, and Sofie Taylor.
If you have questions about planting trees on your property within the Village of Swanton, you can take advantage of information available to you at the village offices.