Persell Students Help Plant Tree with City of Jamestown to Celebrate Arbor Day

Persell Middle School seventh graders recently helped City of Jamestown Arborist, Dan Stone, plant a Cleveland Select Pear tree in front of the school. The tree is one of over 100 trees planted at local schools over the years by the City of Jamestown.

“Persell Middle School lost a tree last year due to bugs so we are replacing that tree. The Cleveland Select Pear tree will live about 40 or 50 years,” said Mr. Stone to the students. The City of Jamestown has been a Tree City USA for 34 years, the longest running time for any city in New York State.”

Mr. Stone visits local schools each year around Arbor Day to plant trees with students. The Persell seventh graders are learning about plants and the process of photosynthesis during science. Along with coursework, teachers also talk about the importance of trees in the community and their affect on the environment.

“The tree planting is a nice classroom connection for our students,” said Persell Middle School teacher, Mary Maggio. “Mr. Stone always gives students a lot of good information about trees and the tree-planting process in the City of Jamestown. We love students to take ownership of projects like this as a way to not only reinforce what they are learning in the classroom, but also remind them of the importance of helping out in their local community.“

posted on 05/21/2015 - filed under: Academics, Community, Middle School, Science, Spotlight, Students, teachers