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From acorns to trees

Bethesda youth receive special tree donation

Posted: December 23, 2011 10:46 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Michael Ulmer/C-I

Students from the 4-year-old kindergarten class at Bethesda Christian School help to cultivate two specially donated trees planted near the school’s playground in observance of Arbor Day. The trees were donated by the Gardening Girls Study Club of Camden as part of the group’s service to the community.

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Gardening Girls Study Club (GGSC) of Camden recently dedicated two trees to the 4-year-old kindergarten class at Bethesda Christian School in commemoration of Arbor Day and Plantings for Public and Special Places, a national program aimed at tree planting projects.

GGSC President Judith Dill said the trees -- one sugar maple and one gingko – were given to the children as part of the group’s service to the community. The trees were planted near the school’s playground.      

“We wanted to give you (the class) something that will be a lasting reminder for the rest of your lives about being involved in planting and caring for trees. We’re so glad that we can be with you and join you in this fun celebration,” Dill said. “These trees are beautiful gifts from God.”  

She added the organization aspires to be a “force for good” through its commitment to education, conservation and historic preservation.  

“We’re actually the largest volunteer organization in the world,” she said. “We wanted to give something that the children could do projects with and come back 20 years from now and say ‘gee, this is my tree.’”

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen attended the ceremony and told the children to plant, protect and help the trees grow.

“You’ll grow up with them and you can come back here and look at these not too many years from now and remember what you did here today,” Sheheen said. “It’s fun to come here and celebrate the future. That’s why I love Arbor Day, because it’s all about the future and I see a lot of the future right here with these boys and girls and in the trees that we plant. We don’t plant trees for today. It is a sign of hope for the future. It is a plan of what we’ll have for ourselves and children.”

State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk also attended and discussed the importance of trees with the kindergarteners. She gave each student an acorn to demonstrate how the surrounding ecosystem works.  

“You all are like an acorn because you start out small like a baby and then you grow big like an oak tree,” Funderburk said. “I want you to remember to take care of your trees so that they’ll grow, just like your parents and your teachers take care of you so that you’ll grow.”

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