Putting Down Roots With Our Students
Trees provide us with many benefits necessary for survival, including clear air, filtered water, shade, and food. They also give us hope and insight, and courage to preserve--even in the harshest conditions. Trees teach us to stay rooted while soaring to great heights.
A group of students from Pride Elementary School joined Madisonville's Tree Board, led by Chris Oelschlager, for an early Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 12 at Mahr Park Arboretum. Volunteers and students worked together to plant two new trees to celebrate Arbor Day and educate the students on the importance of trees in nature.
Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe their versions of the holiday throughout the suitable planting season.
Through a joint proclamation, Mayor Kevin Cotton and Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield discussed the significance of trees and the holiday with students. Students who attended were part of an after-school gardening club at PES, and all went home with a seedling they can take back to their homes and nurture into an adult tree.
Trees have long been a subject of interest and a topic of discussion--and it is no wonder; they represent life, growth, peace, and nature. We are thankful to have a community that recognizes the importance of this and works to actively educate future generations and replenish growing trees in a world where other cities are cutting them down.