Arbor Day was celebrated on Friday, April 6 this year as more than 120 fourth graders in Louisiana and Vandalia rolled up their sleeves to plant a tree as they became members of the 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 Louisiana and Van-Far Elementary Schools received trees to take home and plant.
“I am excited about this program and hope that the Fourth Grade Foresters Project finds more sponsors around the country,” said Cindy Blaylock, the State Farm Insurance agent who sponsored the trees. “I remember planting a tree as a child and feel a great deal of pride and accomplishment each time I pass ‘my tree.’ Our environment needs our help. Having our young people plant trees not only teaches the importance of Arbor Day but will strengthen our eco-system for their children.”
“This project is made possible because community business people like Cindy Blaylock State Farm Insurance 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,” Debra Ersch, Co-founder 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 organization with to send the fourth grade students at an elementary school home with a tree of their own to plant and care for.
Each fourth grader receives an individually packaged 12”-18” evergreen tree seedling packaged by workers with disabilities.
Now tree planting is even more important than ever. Trees take carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and clean the air we breathe. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to improve the community.