by Dan Holland
Broadview Heights city officials, including Mayor Sam Alai, Councilperson Tom Pavlica, Service Director David Schroedel and members of the city’s Shade Tree Commission gathered on May 5 at The Lower School Campus of Lawrence School, located at 1551 E. Wallings Rd., with students and school staff for the planting of a Maple tree on the school grounds in honor of Arbor Day.
The event was postponed from its original April 28 date due to inclement weather conditions.
The students, who all drew pictures of trees for the event, also read aloud poems and shared facts about trees. They also helped in heaping dirt in around the newly-planted tree.
“We’ve been preparing for Arbor Day for a couple of weeks now,” explained Casey Elmore, who primarily teaches second and third graders at the school. “We’ve been learning about pollution in the environment, and so this event ties in nicely in that we are able to see a hands-on experience with planting this tree in the community in which our school is located. The children are really excited about being able to give back and do our little part in the world to help out the environment.” ∞