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Northfield Elementary students plant 100 trees in celebration of Arbor Day

Fourth and fifth-graders planted 100 trees in celebration of a joint Earth and Arbor Day at Northfield Park.
Northfield students plant trees.
Northfield students plant trees.(NBC Nebraska)
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 12:39 AM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Gering’s Northfield Park gained 100 trees on Earth Day.

Northfield Elementary fourth and fifth-graders planted 100 trees at the park Thursday in celebration of a joint Earth and Arbor Day.

Event organizer Amy Seiler says tree-planting is an annual tradition for Northfield’s fourth-graders, but this year, for the first time, fifth-graders joined in as well.

“This year we are blessed because we have both fourth and fifth-graders, so we have 86 kids,” Seiler said. “I think this is such a unique opportunity for a lot of kids because a lot of them have never planted a tree before. So we teach them how to plant a tree, how to mulch it and water it and how to maintain it in the future.”

Still, Seiler says tree-planting is not only an investment in our environment, but also teaches kids selflessness.

“It’s basically giving to the next generation and doing something that you generally will not have any benefit from,” Seiler said. “But you know, by your works, someone else will benefit greatly from it.”

Jarely, a fifth grader at Northfield Elementary, says her favorite part about planting trees is knowing that she is doing something good for the community.

“All the adults try to make it fun for us, and when we grow up, we can make it fun for younger generations,” Jarely said. “It feels like we’re making a mark in history.”

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