Hoover students: ‘Plant a Tree for your Tomorrow” at Arbor Day celebration
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Like trees, schools have strong roots and a solid foundation for students to grow. Like tree branches and leaves, students grow in their own ways, in their own direction, at their own pace.

“Every child, every day, deserves the opportunity to come to school to learn and grow,” said Hoover Elementary Principal Julie Linn, during the recent Arbor Day celebration held at the school.

Hoover students and staff have been working hard to protect the earth while learning and growing each day. The school has an Eco-Action Team, which aims to implement the Eco-Schools USA guidelines to become a “green flag school” through the National Wildlife Federation. These efforts include recycling, saving energy, schoolyard habitats such as a butterfly garden and practicing healthy lifestyles.

Hosting the City of Livonia’s annual Arbor Day celebration was, literally, a natural fit for Hoover. During the April 28 event, Livonia Mayor Dennis Wright presented an official Tree City USA banner to the school and the city’s Tree City Committee representative, Frank Kalinski, spoke about the importance of trees in our community.

“Every one of us can do our part, by planting a tree,” he said, noting that each student at Hoover was going home with a white spruce sapling to plant. In addition, the City of Livonia donated a white pine, a red maple and a tulip tree to the school. Students eagerly assisted with the planting of the trees.
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The Arbor Day celebration at Hoover marked the 19th annual event since Livonia became a Tree City in 1998. Each year, the celebration is held at a different Livonia school and trees are planted on the school property, or on adjacent city property if a park or right-of-way is close by.

Third-grade students sang “The Garden Song,” and “Plant a Tree for your Tomorrow” and four students, Penny Ryan, first grade; Max Caza, second grade; Jai Weaver, third grade and Elaina Braunscheidel, fourth grade, read poems they composed about their love for trees.

“It was a beautiful day and we are very grateful to be the recipients of these three wonderful trees,” said Principal Linn, who noted Hoover students will watch them grow and learn from them for many years to come. 

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