REAMS 5th-graders celebrate Arbor Day in Greenfield

A group of fifth grade students from Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School (REAMS) participated in an Arbor Day celebration in Greenfield. Students were invited to each plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day and to help the growth of the Greenfield City Park.

Kristine Mateyka’s fifth grade class works together with Mayor Brad Johnson to plant trees at Greenfield City Park during the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration.

Kristine Mateyka’s fifth grade class works together with Mayor Brad Johnson to plant trees at Greenfield City Park during the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration.

For the last two years, tree planting has occurred to establish over-story trees along the edges and periphery of the park land in the Greenfield City Park.  According to a planting plan, this will not interfere with any future development of the recreational facilities and other planned amenities. The Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet students have been part of the tree planting during each of these years.

Fifth grade student Kailey DeWolfe said of the event, “I thought it was special that every one of us got to plant a tree so we will be able to come and watch it grow and call it our own, even though it really belongs to the entire community.”

Students worked closely with their classmates, Mayor Brad Johnson, and several members of the Greenfield community to complete this project. Student Carter Kulavik commented, “We each got to put our names on a stick to mark the tree we planted. Because of this, I will always know which one is mine.  It was a fun experience for our class.”

REAMS students shared many fond memories from their participation in the Arbor Day Celebration. They planted trees and were treated to a lunch with each of the participants in the event.

“Allowing students to get out of the classroom and into the community is an invaluable experience that is very special in a child’s education,” said REAMS Principal, Brenda Petersmeyer. “It is about making connections with community and showing students that their role in making a difference, even as a young child, is important.”

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