On Friday, The Field
Naturalist Club, and the County Stewardship Network planted 100 trees on the
school’s playground. Each class planted 4 or 5 trees with the wonderful help of
This event was part
of the Arbor Week celebrations in the school region. Every child from
Kindergarten to grade 8 participated in the tree planting. The trees were
planted in two groves: one in the front of the school to commemorate the 25th
Anniversary of the FNC; and one on the west side of the school as a memorial to
Gayle Smith, a school neighbour who loved nature. The students received a
lesson on how to plant trees properly and learned about the various species
that they planted – silver, sugar and red maples, Kentucky Coffee trees, red
oaks and serviceberry. The students did an outstanding job planting and
watering the trees.
They have taken an
enthusiastic ownership of their class trees. Future generations of students and
neighbours will appreciate and enjoy the shade these trees will provide and
each tree will be the focus of curriculum lessons in Science, Math, Art and Environmentalism.
A special Thank You
to Brett Groves who coordinated the tree planting, provided the trees, soil and
tools for completing the job. A Big Thank You to retired teacher Ian Nesbitt
who brought his dedication to environmentalism and was instrumental in organizing
the planting of 100 trees.