“We’re here today to celebrate Arbor Day,” said Dan Stone, City of Jamestown Arborist to a group of Persell Middle School students. “Does anyone know how many trees are planted in Jamestown? Over 13,000, and because of that fact Jamestown has been named Tree City USA for the past 33rd years. We are planting this tree today, not for our benefit, but for future generations.”
Mr. Stone helped seventh and eighth grade students plant a Cleveland Select Pear on the border of Persell School. This tree is one of approximately 100 trees planted at Jamestown Schools over the years.
Students have been studying the importance of trees in their science classes with Mary Maggio, Lina Scoma and Erica Hannon. They have delved into photosynthesis and the production of oxygen. Students also studied the importance of trees in general including: erosion control, providing shade, what types of products are made from trees, and how trees provide homes for other living creatures.
“Mr. Stone gave students a lot of good information about the trees and the tree-planting process in the City of Jamestown,” said Mrs. Maggio. “When students take part in a project like this they take ownership. As they drive by with their families, they will say, ‘I helped plant that tree’ or let other students know they are not being kind to trees. It’s a nice reminder that our students need to care, and look out for, their local community.”