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Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. For Pennsylvania, Arbor day began when conservationist Major Israel McCreight recommended a campaign of youth education and conservation education. He encouraged then President Theodore Roosevelt to make a public statement to school children about trees and the destruction of the American forest. On April 15, 1907, issued an “Arbor Day proclamation to the School Children of the United States”. He spoke about the importance of trees.

In anticipation of this year’s Arbor Day (April 27th) the children enrolled in the Canton 1 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. have been observing the trees near their classroom. They have watched as the tree have changed with the seasons. This has provided them with an opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of how and why trees are so important to have and take care of. And how we all need to be good stewards to make sure that happens.

On Tuesday, April 24th, the class welcomed guest speaker Lauren Preston for a presentation on the importance of trees for Arbor Day! Ms. Preston is a member of the Shade Tree Commission of Canton - a group who advocate for the trees in Canton, helps make Canton a “Tree City USA” and cares for the Laura Morse Arboretum on Troy Street. They strive to educate people on how to take care of trees by hosting educational programs. The children learned how trees come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. As well as how trees are helpful with erosion, providing food and oxygen, building houses, paper supplies, and shade. Lauren brought a white pine sapling for each child to take home to plant. The trees were provided by the Canton Tree City group through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Photo Caption:       Pictured is the class with their tree saplings ready to take home to plant. Top (L to R): Jordan, Boston, Eli, Lauren Preston, Ike, Abigail, Lukas. Middle (L to R): Jolin, Aden, Jayden, Hadley, Mabel. Bottom (L to R): Dalton, Alexia, Dominic, Ayden, and Kennedie.