“I am the tree planting man,” said Dan Stone, City Arborist to Fletcher Elementary School students. “Is everyone ready to plant some trees? Thanks to your hard work fundraising, we will be planting trees together around Fletcher Elementary School today!”
Mr. Stone joined Mayor Sam Teresi and Randy Sweeney from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to celebrate planting five new trees around Fletcher Elementary School. The all-school fundraiser collected $200.
“We wanted students to raise some of the money to have ownership in the trees and to be proud of what they could accomplish in raising funds for the beautification of Fletcher School and the community,” said Miss. Schrader. “Every year, the Community Foundation gives the City of Jamestown funds to buy trees. The money raised by the students goes back into the ‘bigger pot’ to help other schools and organizations in the future. The City of Jamestown, with help from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, has planted hundreds of trees to help beautify the city, including many around the Jamestown Schools.”
“It is really important to plant trees because they give off oxygen, which we need to live and takes away the carbon dioxide, which is bad,” said Fletcher Elementary school first grader Cole Joly. “I hope when I’m older I can come back and see the tree I planted with my kids.”
As part of the celebration, students from Brooke Isaacson’s class read poems, Miss Schrader’s class sang tree songs and, of course, all students had the opportunity to shovel dirt to help plant a tree.
“It is important for our children to understand what trees do for us. Trees help to cool and beautify the environment, conserve energy, clean the air and purify the water,” said Miss Schrader. “At M. J. Fletcher Elementary School, students learn a great deal about trees. They learn the parts of a tree from roots, trunk, branches and crown. Students also learn what a tree needs to grow and survive. Through the tree adoptions, students are helping to support our school and our community.”