Penn Valley Elementary School has long been committed to supporting green education and sustainability initiatives in our community and this Spring, they have continued that legacy with a trio of tree plantings in celebration of Arbor Day.
On April 26, Jessica Dahms' first grade class joined with members of the Lower Merion Township (LMT) Shade Tree Commission, LMSD Operations and an arborist in planting a native species American Elm on Penn Valley's campus. The celebration kicked off with a reading of a proclamation signed by Township Manager, Ernie McNeely, declaring April 26 Arbor Day in Lower Merion. Students then explained why they love trees and recited a long list of benefits that trees bring to Lower Merion, including cleaning air and water; providing shade and places to climb; serving as homes for birds, squirrels and other animals; and much more before getting to work and mulching their newest additions to campus.
The following day on Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with Arbor Day, a small contingent of Penn Valley community members withstood the high winds to further add to the beauty of the campus by planting three more native species of trees, generously donated by the Penn Valley Civic Association. The donation and planting of the trees was coordinated by Penn Valley parent and community member Michelle Detwiler. The group included PVES students, staff, parents and community members, along with LMT Commissioner Mike McKeon and his family.
And last but certainly not least, students in Penn Valley's Environmental Club, along with Challenge teacher Joe Mudd and Principal Scott Mitchell, gathered on the field on an overcast Friday afternoon as they worked with members of LMSD's Buildings & Grounds Crew to add a pair of new redbud trees to their ever-growing grove. Throughout the activity, students and staff identified where the tree was to be planted, dug a hole and carefully placed the tree in its new home before refilling the hole and covering the base of the tree with mulch.
To view a slideshow of pictures from Penn Valley's recent tree planting events, click on the image below!
Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes communities for outstanding work in planting and maintaining trees in their communities. They do this by bestowing the title "Tree City, USA" to cities and towns that meet their requirement of having a tree planting program. This is the 42nd year Lower Merion has received this title.