Students plant a Monterrey Oak in front of their school
The Earth will become a little greener thanks to the efforts of Hillcrest Professional Development School and Keep Waco Beautiful. To celebrate the 140th
anniversary of the observance of Arbor Day, the two organizations planted a young Monterrey Oak on the front lawn of the school grounds.
Although Arbor Day is not usually celebrated until the last Friday in April in Texas, the two organizations wanted their young tree to get a head start on the Texas heat and have plenty of time to establish a hearty root system before the sweltering days ahead.
So on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m., the school held a tree-planting ceremony in the front lawn. A group of students were joined by Principal Larry Carpenter, Mayor Jim Bush, representatives from Keep Waco Beautiful, the city of Waco, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Renee Burks with the Texas Forest Service, as well as many others in attendance.
Mayor Jim Bush delivered a proclamation from the city of Waco, while Renee Burks, forester with the Texas Forest Service, gave the students an informative talk on the importance of preservation and conservation.
As part of the ceremony, the students joined Mayor Bush in shoveling dirt over the roots of the newly planted Monterey Oak that will provide shade and beauty on the front of their school.
The young tree sapling was a gift donated to the school by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Last fall, Hillcrest PDS was named “campus of the month” by Keep Waco Beautiful. The school is currently designated as the Keep Waco Beautiful “Campus of the Year.”