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Students make a difference by planting shade trees
They worked up a sweat to provide some cool shade.
Tracy Kingsley’s class recently completed a project to benefit future students at Louisiana Elementary School.
The students decided to plant shade trees on the playground to replace those that had been cut down throughout the years.
To complete the task, they organized themselves into two groups. The first group researched trees that grew well in this area and wouldn’t attract bees.
Kingsley then took the list to Stark Bros Nursery. With the help of one of the company’s tree experts, the class was able to purchase six of the trees from the list and all were at least five feet tall.
When the shopping was completed, they had a Sugar Maple, a Red Sunset Maple, an Autumn Purple Ash, a Green King Elm and two Cleveland Select Pears.
The second group of students wrote letters asking businesses and people to donate money or mulch to the project.
As a result, the class collected a total of $200.
Before they planted the trees, they reviewed a map of the playground and planned where they were going to plant all of the trees. The next day, they did the actual planting.
The class also received three bundles of oak trees from Bill Capps at the Louisiana High School and planted those along the road from the school.
The last thing they did was put the mulch around all of the newly planted trees.
Some of the donors were Shelter Insurance, Calvary Episcopal Church, LaCrosse Lumber Company (donated two bags of mulch), At Your Service- Unlimited, LLC, and Louisiana Elementary Boosters. Individuals who contributed to the project were Sharon Worthington, Vicki Norvell, Vicky Keely, John and Sharon Dillender, Bill Capps, and Elementary School Principal Erik Melton. The class expressed its appreciation to all who contributed.