For Immediate Release – June 10, 2006
Mamaroneck, NY —April 28, 2006—Arbor Day is a significant holiday for tree care experts at SavATree’s branch in Mamaroneck, NY. Arbor Day is a national holiday that encourages tree care, and it is traditionally observed on the last Friday in April. SavATree Consulting Arborists Steve Skyer and Elliot Krauss commemorated Arbor Day with a variety of tree care activities at the Thornton Donovan School, a private school located in New Rochelle, NY. Consulting Arborist John Morris celebrated Arbor Day with students at the Chapin School, a private all girls school in Manhattan.
Tree care took center stage as students had the opportunity to speak directly with arborists from Mamaroneck, NY. Arbor Day festivities at the Thornton Donovan School consisted of unique activities for three different age groups. Elliot Krauss taught the K-5 group of kids about what tree service professionals do by examining part of the school grounds. He also handed out tree care activity books to the kids. Steve Skyer celebrated Arbor Day with grades 6-8 by hosting an instructional walking tour around the school property and conducting a discussion of plant diseases and common pests in the landscape environment. Students were also taught how to identify typical diseases and pests such as caterpillars, borers, beetles, leaf spots and anthracnose. For grades 9-12, a digital camera scavenger hunt for specific types of trees had teams of students running around the schoolyard and putting their tree care knowledge to use. A hand crafted wooden trophy was awarded to the winning group. Skyer commented, “It was important to participate in this Arbor Day event because it ties in with our philosophy about tree care and tree preservation. We had the opportunity to speak to over 175 students, and I think that we made an impression on a lot of children in a short period of time.”
On Friday April 16th, Thornton Donovan will present Steve Skyer with a community service award during their graduation ceremony. Every year Thornton Donovan High School designs the entire academic year based on the study of a specific country that students will travel to. This year, the chosen country was England, so arborists from Mamaroneck, NY planted an English oak tree to tie into their overall cultural theme. Steve Skyer added, “It is really amazing how they tie the country into the curriculum.”
Students at the Chapin School had the opportunity to speak to John Morris about tree care. Morris said, “Some of the students were already familiar with Arbor Day, and they asked great questions.” Morris also planted a tree outside of the Chapin School. After he entered the tree pit, the third graders shoveled dirt and watched the application of an ArborKelp® treatment, a SavATree exclusive organic tree and plant fertilizer. John Morris also gave the girls t-shirts that said “Junior Arborist.” Morris added, “The event was fun because everyone in the neighborhood stopped to watch us plant the tree. I am glad we had the opportunity to teach the students about Arbor Day and the importance of tree preservation.”
Arborist Scot Boyce was scheduled to help families celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day with activities at The Rye Nature Center. Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions resulted in the event’s cancellation. For more information about the SavATree- Mamaroneck, NY branch’s participation in Arbor Day, e-mail email@example.com or call (914) 241-4999.
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