For the second year in a row, the Boardman Lions have done their share in helping make Boardman a little greener. They did have help though, coming from Boardman's fourth-graders.
"We call our program Plant Roots in Boardman," said Boardman Lions Club President Terry Shears. "We are trying to reacquaint residents to Arbor Day."
The Plant Roots in Boardman program is part of the Lions Club International's Fourth Grade Foresters project. It is a worldwide endeavor that last year was supposed to see one million trees planted around the globe. Shears said when all was said and done, the total planted was 15 million.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman Lions Club members Jaclyn Rausch with her son Jackson, and Judy Jones join Market Street fourth-graders Sam Holter, Ty Ventresco, Lanny Kilpatrick, McKenzie Melendez, and Chloe Menting, who had just received their evergreen saplings that they can plant at their home in honor of Arbor Day.
Arbor Day this year was celebrated last Sunday in Ohio. The Boardman Lions prepared for that day by delivering evergreen saplings to more than 380 fourth-graders in each Boardman elementary school including St. Charles.
The project's goal is to help revitalize observation of Arbor Day in America's schools. Fourth-graders at Stadium Drive, Robinwood Lane, Market Street, West Boulevard, and for the first time this year, St. Charles, received trees to take home and plant, courtesy of the Boardman Lions Club.
"This is a great opportunity for our elementary school students to become involved in a worthwhile environmental project, and also learn the value that trees provide in all of our lives," Shears said.
"This project is made possible because community business people like the Boardman Lions covered the cost of each of the individually packaged evergreen trees, so that there is no cost to the students, the teachers, the school, or the taxpayer," said Debra Ersch, cofounder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project. "It's a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment."
The trees the students received were 12- to 18-inch evergreen seedlings packaged by workers with disabilities. Boardman Lions Club members visited each of the Boardman schools at 1:30 p.m. Friday to pass the trees out.
At Market Street Elementary, Boardman Lions Club members Judy Jones and Jaclyn Rausch handled the program with a special guest. Jaclyn brought her two-year-old son Jackson, who was dressed as the Lorax from the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. Jaclyn explained how the Lorax was the defender of the trees and young Jackson got to speak the line "save the trees" during the assembly.
Afterwards each student got their own seedling to take home and plant on Arbor Day.
Shears said the Boardman trees will go towards this year's international total for trees planted under the Fourth Grade Foresters program.