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Warwick Valley Middle School celebrates Arbor Day with community organizations

on April 29, 2016

Four middle school students hold their spruce tree seedlings and are joined by their teacher. Warwick Valley Middle School students participated in a tree planting ceremony held by the Town of Warwick Tree Commission in observation Arbor Day on Friday, April 29.Students dig dirt to plant a tree.

Donated by the Warwick Lions Club in honor of Arbor Day, the Princeton elm –a Dutch Elm disease-resistant shade tree – was planted near the newly resurfaced tennis courts on the middle school campus. Karen Emmerich, a representative of the Warwick Tree Commission, opened the planting ceremony with a brief history of Arbor Day. Before picking up shovels, students shared poems and fun scientific facts about trees. The event culminated with the gift of spruce tree seedlings, and growing instructions, to every student to take home.Karen Emmerich, representative of the Town of Warwick Tree Commission, hands a spruce seedling to a student.

“As a Tree City USA for over 30 years, Warwick has a special affinity with trees, and we are delighted to see community organizations coming together to inspire our students to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees, in the spirit of Arbor Day,” said Dr. David Leach, Superintendent of Schools.Sarah Aljukic, winner of the Arbor Day poster contest, shows her poster.

Fifth grade students participating in the ceremony included those who entered the 2016 New York State Arbor Day Poster Contest under the theme, “New York’s Un-FIR-gettable Forests.” The students’ artwork was on display at the Warwick Town Hall through the month of April in honor of Arbor Day. A poster created by fifth grader Sarah Aljukic was selected to represent the Warwick Valley Middle School and won the regional competition. Sarah’s work moves on to the state competition. Congratulations, Sarah!




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