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Jackson celebrates Arbor Day

Posted: December 7, 2010 3:29 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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In an effort to educate youth on the importance of planting and caring for trees, Jackson School held several events last week in honor of Arbor Day.

Above, JES Principal Dr. Gerald Gary plants a Sycamore tree Thursday afternoon with students in the front of the school. The tree was donated by the Kershaw County Conservation District.

“This is the first year that we’ve had this Arbor Day celebration,” said JES technology specialist Kristen Clay. “And it really kind of goes hand in hand with the fact that Jackson is a green school. We’re trying to teach the students about the importance of taking care of the environment and we want to give them a few tips on ways they can help the Earth. We want them to know what being a green school really means.”

Additionally, Clay said, Boykin Tree Farm donated a tree to each of the four kindergarten classes at the elementary school.

During Friday morning’s school-wide Arbor Day celebration, JES science teacher Kim Baldwin taught the students about the history of Arbor Day, while the school’s chorus and kindergarten students sang songs.

Additionally, students Savannah Howell, Christopher Beasley, Tierney Peterson, Aveonsay Adamson, Christian Harris and Bailey Raven were all recognized for winning art and essay contests at the school.

Also present during the ceremony were members of the Kershaw Conservation District.

Standing before the students, Kerhaw Conservation Chairman Jeff Clark told the students that every single student was now in charge of taking care of the environment and trees that were planted at the school.

“So one day, when you get as old as me,” Clark said, “you can come back and show your children and grandchildren that tree. And you can say, I planted that tree.”

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