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Lions Club gives students trees

To plant at home for Arbor Day

May 25, 2017
The Town Crier

More than 350 fourth-graders in Boardman rolled up their sleeves and planted a tree for Arbor Day this year.

The kids became members of Fourth Grade Foresters USA, which bring organizations and schools together to revive the celebration of Arbor Day in schools and communities throughout the nation.

Fourth-graders at Stadium Drive, Robinwood Lane, Market Street, West Boulevard and St. Charles in Boardman received trees to take home and plant, courtesy of the Boardman Lions Club, which visited all of the district's elementary schools April 28 to teach the students about the importance of trees.

"Our club will be visiting [the schools on Friday]. This is a great opportunity for our elementary school students to become involved in a worthwhile environmental project and also learn the value that trees provide in all of our lives," Lion Terry Shears said.

Debra Ersch, co-founder of the Fourth Grade Foresters, said, "This project is made possible because community business people like the Boardman Lions covered the cost of each of the individually packaged evergreen trees so that there is no cost to the students, the teachers, the school or the taxpayer. It's a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment."

Fourth Grade Foresters USA was created to provide a simple way to provide fourth-graders a tree of their own to plant and care for. Each local elementary student received a Norway spruce packaged by workers with disabilities.

Ersch said, tree planting is more important than ever. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and clean the air we breathe, she said. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to improve the community.



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