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NES fourth graders participate in Arbor Day

By Staff, 05/30/19 8:11 AM

PRESCOTT – Students in the fourth grade at Nevada Elementary School helped plant a red maple tree Tuesday afternoon.

The planting was part of the Arbor Day celebration, with members of the Arkansas Forestry Commission providing the tree and instructing the students on how to care for it to make sure it survives. They were told it needs to be watered regularly during its first two years after being planted.

The students were asked about the benefits trees give and responded by saying trees provide oxygen, are used in construction, provide food, paper, help the community save money by providing shade. They were told trees also help prevent flooding and soak up groundwater.

An art contest was held, with the top three students earning gift certificates to Sonic. Tristan Griffith took the top spot and garnered a $20 Sonic card. Makayla Collins was next and got a $15 card, with Shatara Christopher third and receiving a $10 card.

The students had fun helping plant the tree and getting to play in the dirt and mulch. Nevada County Judge Mark Glass was on hand and signed a proclamation making April 30 Arbor Day in Nevada County.