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I.C.S. students plant tree

Spring Grove Nursery assists with Earth Day project

Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of Father Ed Howe)
The Thomases of Spring Grove Nursery explain to Immaculate Conception School second graders the process of planting a tree.

In honor of both Earth Day and  Arbor Day, representatives of Spring Grove Nursery went to Immaculate Conception School recently to help second grade students plant an Oak tree.

Every year, to celebrate the Earth, the nursery donates a beautiful tree for the school and parish grounds. This year, they came on Wednesday morning, April 24.

Planting a tree benefits our community in many ways:

1) Trees help save energy by providing shade and shelter from wind, rain, and sun.

2) Trees provide shelter and homes for many animals.

3) Tree roots help hold the ground in place and provide a network for excess water to drain

4) Trees provide clean oxygen.

5) Trees are beautiful and help make Morris look pretty.

By planting the Oak tree, in one year the tree will eliminate 74 gallons of storm water runoff; conserve 20 kilowatt/hours energy from cooling effects of shade; reduce carbon in the atmosphere by 54 pounds.

“If you plant a tree today on the west side of your house, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3 percent  less. In 15 years, the savings will be nearly 12 percent,”  said Dr. E. Greg McPherson of the Center for Urban Forest Research

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of Spring Grove Nursery in Mazon, came to the second grade classroom for a lesson on the benefits of trees prior to the students going outside to plant the new tree.

Mr. Thomas dug the hole and each child took a turn shoveling dirt back in to support the tree.

Kelsey Nelson, who brought in a cupful of worms, gently placed them in the soil around the tree. Mason Kitchell  and Finley Johnston each read aloud. Then, the second graders all sang a song to conclude the service. Father Ed Howe took pictures.

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