Woodland High School Students Plant Trees for Arbor Day

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Woodland, WA—Monday, April 15, 2012— Woodland High School’s Horticulture Class and Partners in Transition students joined the City of Woodland in honoring Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 10th by planting trees around campus.

Washington, the “Evergreen State,” has celebrated Arbor Day since 1917. Trees bring many benefits to our lives—they clean the air and water, produce oxygen, rescue storm water runoff, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, beautify our neighborhoods, reduce stress and provide food and habitat for wildlife—to name a few. Mayor Laskeke has proclaimed April, Arbor Month, and April 10th as Arbor Day in the City of Woodland.

“Trees help build community, beautify neighborhoods, and are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,” said Laseke. This was Mayor Laseke’s second year to participate in Arbor Day activities sponsored by the City. “I was delighted to see the Woodland School District chosen to participate. It was especially heartwarming to see the students help with the planting; they seemed truly interested in what was going on,” he added.

D’Ann Horrocks’ Partners in Transition students, got their hands dirty and planted a Fuji Tree behind their house near the District Office. “This was a great opportunity for students to learn the importance of Arbor Day and gave them a hands-on way of connecting with the event,” said Horrocks.

Horticulture students at Woodland High School also participated by a planting tree and other bushes near the Commons. Woodland High School’s Horticulture class, hosts a Spring Plant Sale on Friday, May 3rd from 8a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th from 9a.m.-2 p.m. All plants have been grown and cared for by Woodland students. The plant sale teaches students customer service, marketing, advertisement, problem solving, organizational skills and work ethic.

“The students are very proud of their work,” says Horticulture teacher, Mary Ellen Vetter. “We want the community to enjoy gardening as much as we do!” The City of Woodland was designated this year as a 2013 Tree City USA.