Ro­tary plants trees for pupils’ ben­e­fit

Go! & Express - - Scene On The Go! - MADELEINE CHAPUT

AS AR­BOR week came to an end, the Ro­tary Club of Ar­ca­dia vis­ited Tho­boshana Pri­mary School to plant trees and en­cour­age en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness at the school last Fri­day.

Newly-ap­pointed pres­i­dent of Ar­ca­dia Ro­tary, Rommy Naudé has made the school her per­sonal project since 2011, but the club soon joined in.

“Lots of up­grades have hap­pened this year and now we are ready to put some ‘frills’ in place and im­prove the school grounds,” Naudé said. Fel­low Ro­tar­ian Pro­fes­sor Farhad Agh­dasi said: “We get very ex­cited about th­ese projects. It’s won­der­ful to see how much Tho­boshana has grown.”

Naudé ex­plained the im­por­tance of trees and en­cour­aged the chil­dren to take own­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity for the main­te­nance and care of the new­ly­planted trees.

The day was a huge suc­cess, with all the pupils in­volved in the tree-plant­ing cer­e­mony.

The ex­cite­ment of the day cul­mi­nated with more than 15 in­dige­nous trees be­ing planted on the school grounds.

The trees were do­nated by Flo­radale Nurs­ery and BCM Nurs­ery, as well as friends, fam­ily and in­di­vid­ual Ro­tar­i­ans.

With Naudé’s help and gen­er­ous do­na­tions from Ro­tary Ar­ca­dia and other donors, Tho­boshana Pri­mary School con­tin­ues to grow and flour­ish.

“We hope the chil­dren's in­volve­ment in plant­ing the trees will en­cour­age them to take good care of the trees, which will im­prove their play­ground, of­fer­ing shade in sum­mer,” Naudé said.

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

GREEN­ING INI­TIA­TIVE: Newly-ap­pointed Ro­tary Ar­ca­dia pres­i­dent Rommy Naudé, left, with club mem­bers and pupils from Tho­boshana Pri­mary School, who planted more than 15 in­dige­nous trees around the school grounds dur­ing Ar­bor Week

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