Kindergarteners at Franklin Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day Friday with a tree planting in the John Davey Arboretum and a lesson about trees from Kent City Arborist Gerald Shanley and Grant Jones, technical advisor at the Davey Institute. Each student also left the event with a three-year-old Colorado blue spruce to plant at home.
The celebration was coordinated and underwritten by The Davey Tree Expert Company, which is sponsoring dozens of similar events across the country through its local offices. Davey recognizes the important role trees play in all urban communities and the need to educate citizens young and old about the care of trees.
Shanley called the event an opportunity to make the students aware of the importance of trees to human activities. “By involving these very young kids, I hope we will be able to start them on a life-long appreciation of trees,” he said.
A honeylocust was planted in the arboretum, which is named after the company founder John Davey. The arboretum is next door to the school and across Mantua Street from the Davey headquarters.
The Davey Tree Expert Company provides tree, shrub and lawn care, large tree moving, grounds management, vegetation management and consulting services throughout North America. Founded in 1880, Davey has more than 6,000 employees.
The City is always ready to work with any local business or group that want’s to plant more trees around Kent, so if you feel inspired by this story, please let me know and we’ll get another group of kids to play in the mud with.