Arbor Day was celebrated on March 15 this year and more than 161 fourth-graders in Elkin and Jonesville rolled up their sleeves and planted a tree.
The kids became members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalize a remarkable idea — observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth-graders at Elkin Elementary and Jonesville Elementary received trees to take home and plant.
Frank Beals of Edward Jones Investments, who sponsored the trees, said as the old saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”
“The project is made possible because community business people like Frank Beals covered the cost of each of the individually packaged evergreen trees, so that there is no cost to the student, the teacher, the school, or the taxpayer,” Debra Ersch, cofounder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project, stated. “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 and inexpensive way for any individual, business or an organization to send the fourth-grade students at Elkin and Jonesville elementary schools home with a tree of their own to plant and care for. Each fourth-grader receives an individually packaged 12-inch to 18-inch evergreen tree seedling packaged by workers with disabilities.
Now tree planting is even more important than ever. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and clean the air breathed. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to improve our community and the world.