Blue skies, bright students, and 16 trees to plant at the Moorefield Town Park. This was the situation on the morning of Friday, April 13 as Juwana Bridger with Moorefield Parks and Recreation was preparing to plant their CommuniTree kit.
Employees of the Town of Moorefield dug all of the holes a day prior to the planting. With their help, each hole was prepared with two stakes, a section of arbor tie, a bark protector, a bag of mulch, and a tree.
120 second grade students from Moorefield Elementary School, as well as their principal, teachers, aides, and some parents, walked to the park to plant the trees.
The students were split into five groups. While one of the groups planted trees, the other groups went on a nature walk through the park and did other fun tree-related activities.
All of the students received a bag of fun supplies that included a “Trees are Good” coloring book, crayons, stickers, and a snack and bottle of water. Each class planted 2 trees, for a total of 10 trees being planted on April 13. Over the following week, the six remaining trees were planted as memorial trees in the park by family members who have lost loved ones.
On Monday, April 30, the park crew also planted a replacement cherry tree at the Moorefield Town Square. The Town of Moorefield will maintain these trees, being certain to utilize the town’s watering tank to keep all of the newly-planted trees watered during the summer months.
Cacapon Institute is proud to have sponsored Moorefield Parks & Recreation in this wonderful CTree project!
“My favorite part of WV Project CommuniTree would be the hands on experience with all of the volunteers. I love the interaction and witnessing the pride that they take in planting the trees.”
— Juwana Bridger, Project Leader