Meadoview School students celebrate Arbor Day in Grayslake with tree planting

  • Meadowview School first-grader Mearah Ward, center, is all smiles as she helps plant a white oak tree near the school Friday for Arbor Day.

      Meadowview School first-grader Mearah Ward, center, is all smiles as she helps plant a white oak tree near the school Friday for Arbor Day. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comGrayslake Community Park District employee Wally Grandt, center, watches over the newly-planted white oak tree Friday at Meadowview School in Grayslake. First grade students sing a tree-themed song in celebration of Arbor Day before heading back to class.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.comGrayslake Community Park District employee Wally Grandt, center, watches over the newly-planted white oak tree Friday at Meadowview School in Grayslake. First grade students sing a tree-themed song in celebration of Arbor Day before heading back to class.

 
 
Updated 4/29/2016 2:27 PM

Meadowview Elementary School students joined Grayslake Park District employees Friday to celebrate Arbor Day by planting three white oak trees and one eastern hophornbeam in Meadowview Woods Park next to the school.

Students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade took turns participating in the ceremony. They listened to a tree-themed story inside the school before walking to the park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Grayslake Park District Executive Director Jeff Nehila talked about the best way to plant and care for the trees. Nehila said the students can gain ownership and civic pride by participating in community events like Friday's.

"We love getting the kids involved at all levels so they can learn about stewardship and actually maintaining open space. And it gives them ownership, because the years down the road they'll be able to come back to this tree and tell their kids that they helped plant the tree," he said.

Students also sang a song and some kids helped shovel dirt into the holes.

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