North Carolina’s Arbor Day was on March 18 this year and to celebrate the event, the fourth graders from Morven Elementary and Lilesville Elementary schools were provided pine seedlings by the Wadesboro Lions Club to plant. Each child who participated would become a member of the Fourth Graders Foresters U.S.A.
The project has four major goals:
1. To revitalize observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools on the official Arbor Day proclaimed in their own state.
2. To send every fourth grader home with a tree of their own to plant and care for. Each student received an individual packaged 12- to 18-inch evergreen tree seedling
3. To support employment of workers with disabilities. Each tree is individually packaged for distribution by workers with disabilities.
4. To bring schools, private individuals, businesses and organizations together to have direct positive impact on the urban forests of their communities.
“This project is made possible by the community support from the citizens of Wadesboro and Anson County, so there was no cost to the students, teachers, the schools or the taxpayer,” Jim Chandler of the Wadesboro Lions Club said.
Now tree planting is even more important than ever, Chandler said. Trees take carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and clean the air. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive and easy way to improve the community, he added.
For more information regarding the Wadesboro Lions and to learn how to become a member, call Chandler at 910-571-1448.