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A Forest Begins with One Tree ...

Students at Martin School planting a Dogwood donated by Burns & McDonnell on Arbor Day 2016

CFPA was once again given the opportunity by our friends at Burns & McDonnell to do what we always love to do - help plant a tree. The event took place on Arbor Day at the Martin School in Manchester with Elizabeth Tamsin’s fourth grade class. Ms. Tamsin’s class was enthusiastic and each student helped in planting the native dogwood selected for the site.

Tom - martin School EDIT.jpgThomas Degnan, CFPA board member and senior environmental scientist/forester for Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm, selected the tree and supervised its planting for the class (with a lot of help from the school’s building staff).

Before the planting, comments were made by Manchester Superintendent, Matt Geary and school board chairman, Christopher Pattacini. Mr. Degnan talked about how to plant a tree and asked questions about the importance of trees, which the class did a great job in answering.

Arbor Day was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska City. J Sterling Morton, editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper, was an active environmental steward and encouraged everyone to set aside a specific day to plant trees. The Martin School continued to fulfill his wish 144 years later thanks to Burns & McDonnell’s Elise Holder, Thomas Degnan and, Amy Radikas, Assistant Superintendent of Manchester Schools, who worked diligently to make the day happen.

Have you planted a tree this year?