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Lions go to school for Arbor Day

May 3, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Arbor Day (April 27), the Boardman Lions Club sent a delegation to each of Boardman's elementary schools. They visited Stadium Drive, Robinwood Lane, Market Street, West Boulevard Elementary and St. Charles schools to hand out trees to the fourth graders.

"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," said Lions' member Terry Shears.

This is something the Boardman Lions had been doing for a long time. At West Bouelvard, school secretary Nancy Clipperley said her daughter is 40 and the tree she received in the fourth grade has grown and is still growing where she planted it.

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Lion Joni Blase and Lion Kathy Collins pose with fourth grade foresters from Robinwood Lane Elementary, holding the Norway Spruce tree of their own to plant and care for. The Lions visited all five Boardman elementary schools to issue the trees to fourth graders as part of the Arbor Day observation.

Lion Ed Metzel, who heads up the delegation at West Boulevard this year, said the program has been done for years in Boardman. For a short time it had stopped, but was reinstituted five years ago.

"Since then we have handed out over 2,000 trees," he said.

The estimate was for more than 350 fourth-graders in Boardman to receive trees this year. The trees are made possible by local business, according to Debra Ersch, co-founder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project.

"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," Ersch said. "It's a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment."

All the kids who received trees this year will become members of Fourth-Grade Foresters. The project's goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea - observation of Arbor Day in America's schools.

Metzel spoke to the students before they received their trees. He asked that they take pictures of their trees as they grow and upload them to the Boardman Lions website.

"Let the Lions see how your tree is growing," he said.



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