|
The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Dana Lyon 5th graders and staff celebrate Arbor Day

  • On Friday, April 26, 2013, fifth grade students and staff from Dana Lyon Middle School celebrated Arbor Day by participating in the Bath Shade Tree Committee’s tree planting ceremony.

    • email print
  • On Friday, April 26, 2013, fifth grade students and staff from Dana Lyon Middle School celebrated Arbor Day by participating in the Bath Shade Tree Committee’s tree planting ceremony.   It started with a parade led by an oak tree (Hailey Janowski), a maple tree (Dee Kinney) and the founder of Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton (Camdin Knowles).  These three students had performed a History of Arbor Day skit that was included in a movie for all the 5th grade classes. Students from each of the seven classes carried colorful posters that explained the importance of trees.  It was a beautiful day as they walked from the school, down Washington Blvd., to the tree planting site on Village property in front of the old Dana Lyon School.
    Greeting the students at the site were Bath Shade Tree Committee members, the Deputy Mayor of Bath, employees from the Village of Bath Street Dept., and employees from Bath Electric Water and Gas Systems. Earlier in the morning, this group of people planted 28 trees around the Village of Bath.  Excitement filled the air as the students watched the back-hoe dig the hole to plant their class tree! After the hole was dug, Jeanne Glass, the Deputy Mayor of Bath, read the Arbor Day Proclamation. Then, Lee Cornaire, the Chairman of the Bath Shade Tree Committee, introduced Greg Muller, a NYSDEC forester. Greg presented two awards. One award recognized the Village of Bath as a Tree City USA for the 27th year, and the other recognized BEWGS as a Tree Line City USA for the 10th year.  
    After all the award presentations were made, the students were introduced to their class tree! Placed under the roots of the sugar maple was a bottle with the all the names of the students who will be graduating in the year 2020. Jim Peek, a member of the Bath Shade Tree Committee and a retired NYSDEC forester, explained to the students the proper way to plant a tree. Some of the students assisted, by shoveling soil back into the hole. Jim shared some other important information about caring for and protecting trees.  He also told a joke or two.
    After the ceremony the students enjoyed a picnic lunch near their newly planted tree.

        calendar