Staff and stu­dents at Tig­nish El­e­men­tary School plant 28 trees

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Stu­dents, staff and guests cel­e­brate plant­ing of 28 trees at Tig­nish El­e­men­tary School.

There was more than sum­mer va­ca­tion to cel­e­brate at Tig­nish El­e­men­tary School on the fi­nal day of the 2016-17 school year.

Stu­dents, staff and spe­cial guests gath­ered to cel­e­brate the plant­ing of 28 trees on the school grounds.

The Canada 150 tree-plant­ing was funded by Tree Canada, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and CN Rail through a project ini­ti­ated by the Town of Tig­nish and its Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom com­mit­tee in part­ner­ship with the el­e­men­tary school.

“It will make your prop­erty a lot more at­trac­tive over the com­ing years,” said Eg­mont MP Bobby Mor­ris­sey, one of the guests in­vited to the event.

There is also a safety com­po­nent to the project. When stu­dents re­turn to classes in Septem­ber, each of the school’s classes will be as­signed one tree, and it is there that they will gather dur­ing fire drills or emer­gency evac­u­a­tions.

“I think be­ing able to cel­e­brate Canada’s eco­log­i­cal her­itage is re­ally cool,” said Megan Quinn, Tree Canada’s

pro­gram di­rec­tor for its Canada 150 pro­gram.

Tree Canada is Canada’s largest non-profit tree-plant­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, Quinn said, re­port­ing that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has planted over 18 mil­lion trees since 1992. “You’re adding to that num­ber,” she ad­vised the stu­dents.

Prin­ci­pal Mike Ellsworth turned the cer­e­mony into his stu­dents’ fi­nal teach­ing mo­ment of the school year, ex­plain­ing trees’ uses for food, shel­ter and aes­thetic pur­poses, and the role they play in fil­ter­ing out air pol­lu­tion. “Look how much more beau­ti­ful it is here,” he ob­served

In ad­di­tion to the 28 trees ob­tained through a $4,950 Tree Canada grant and panted by the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom and Home and School com­mit­tees and the school’s grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, there was a spe­cial cer­e­mony to mark the plant­ing of a “Vimy” oak, a di­rect de­scen­dent from acorns scooped from the Vimy bat­tle­fields 100 years ago.

“Our hope and dream,” Ellsworth told the stu­dents, “is that some­day when you’re driv­ing by here you will look over and see all of the beau­ti­ful trees and you will re­mem­ber this day as Canada’s 150th.”


Tig­nish hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Garth Davies peers from be­hind a tree as Tig­nish El­e­men­tary school stu­dents, from left, Ben­son Sil­liker, Evan McCue and Bro­gon Ellsworth help him plant it. Tig­nish stu­dents marked their fi­nal school day of the 2016-17 school year by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a spe­cial tree-plant­ing cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary.

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