The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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April 29, 2013

A 'tree-mendous' Arbor Day celebration

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — Most of Oak Orchard Elementary School’s student population could be found sitting in front of Joe and Kathie Granchelli’s house on West Avenue Friday morning.

Students from pre-K to second grade walked with their teachers from the school to the residence to participate in Medina’s annual Arbor Day celebration. An estimated 400 students filled the lawn.

Medina’s Tree Board chairman Chris Busch played the role of “the Lorax” and spoke for the trees. He said getting young people involved in planting trees is vital to a community.

“These are the future stewards of the community,” he said, noting how some of the students in attendance could wind up on various community boards or committees down the road, and could be responsible for the well-being of Medina.

Specifically, though, Busch said the trees planted Friday should serve as a way to keep students interested in nature.

“We’re planting these trees today, but they will care for them tomorrow,” he said.

Busch said adding the trees to Medina’s residential neighborhood helps to create “an urban forest” that helps improve several aspects of village life.

“It adds to the aesthetic value, it improves water drainage, it helps clean the air,” he listed. “There are many advantages.”

Without trees lining streets there would be a sense of something missing, said Bush. “Trees can make a neighborhood,” he said.

Fellow Tree Board member Nicole Goyette, who teaches at Oak Orchard, emceed the festivities. She said it was the first year that the youngest grades in the district had a chance to participate. The closure of Towne School led to the change, she said.

Goyette said Friday’s event offered a two-pronged lesson to the youngsters.

“This is a way to teach them about civic involvement and a way to teach them about the importance of taking care of the environment,” she said.

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