Our students made light work of a big project when they planted over 300 trees with the Delaware Forest Service last week. We thank the DE Forest Service for donating these wonderful trees to help us convert more land into usable habitat, reduce mowing, and improve the quality of the Appoquinimink watershed.
Third grade, fourth grade, and middle school students learned the proper way to plant large deciduous trees from Mike Martini of the Urban and Community Forestry Program. They dug holes near the outdoor classroom and added five new native species trees to the bird plot area started with the help of Delaware Forestry in 2015.
Meanwhile, we learned how to plant pine seedlings from Mrs. Wilson. Working in shifts between the lower playing field and Silver Lake everyone pitched in to plant 300 pine seedlings with many of the youngest students teamed up with an older buddy. We got the job done!
We are extremely grateful to the Delaware Forest Service for donating these fine trees and to Mr. Martini for educating us about them.
Afterwards, some PreK students shared their reflections:
"I liked finding worms," Carter
"I liked when I had my buddy with me," - Noelle
"I liked digging and putting the tree in," - Layla
Several fourth graders responded to writing prompts and shared these thoughts:
What did you learn at the tree planting?
- I learned that you need a lot of soil to plant a tree
- I learned that you need to see the thick part of the trunk to plant the tree
- One thing I learned was what "burlap" was.
- I learned that it is not hard to plant trees
What did you like best about the tree planting?
- I had a PK book buddy to plant with
- I liked digging holes
- It was fun
- I loved working with my team. I can't wait to see it in a few years
- I liked helping create more oxygen
Why is it important to plant trees?
- It is important because animals have habitats in trees
- Trees give lots of oxygen
- Because trees help the environment
How does planting trees apply to your work in the classroom?
- It builds a sense of teamwork
- It helps me have a positive mindset
In an exercise asking them to articulate opinions in support of and opposed to tree planting, the fourth graders shared these contrasting points of view:
I would like to spend more time planting trees and other plants at St. Anne's because....
- It is very fun and we can feel like we are making a very small difference in the world.
- It was fun and a good experience
- I love helping the outdoors
- I think it's fun to be outside and do something new
- I like helping
I would like to spend less time planting trees and other plants at St. Anne's because....
- I don't like bugs and worms
- It's less time to have fun
- There are already a lot of trees in the world
- I don't want to spend less time, I want to spend more time