Eamer’s Corners kids help plant trees

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Eamer’s Corners kids help plant trees
The Grade 5 & 6 class from Eamer's Corners. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Grade 5 and 6 students at Eamer’s Corners Public School recently took part in their annual end of year tree planting day in partnership with the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA).

“Every year we partner with schools, Scouts, municipalities, businesses, and more to enhance our local environment and plant trees.  These events are great opportunities to learn about trees, and how to plant and care for them,” said Lissa Deslandes, RRCA Community Liaison.

The tree planting event started in 2015 when Dr. Indu Gambhir donated land just south of the school near Hwy. 401 to the RRCA to be used as an outdoor classroom.

“The Gamhbir Memorial Forest is a place where all schools can bring students to learn about trees, wildlife and actions individuals can take to promote a healthy environment,” said Dr. Gambhir.

As a part of the program, students participate in an essay writing contest. This year’s winners were Sierra Devries, Rayna Fox Wagoosh, and Logan Joyal who won first, second and third place respectively.

“This experience is so wonderful for our students here at Eamer’s Corners. We are thankful to Dr. Gambhir and the RRCA for this opportunity that covers so many important areas of the curriculum,” said Rachel Wolff, Eamer’s Corners Grade 5/6 teacher.

Deslandes explained that the program will be expanding in the coming year.

“We are currently planning our 2020 tree planting projects.  Teachers, Scouts leaders, businesses, municipalities, and community groups are encouraged to reach out to us soon with any tree planting ideas they have for next year!  Tree planting requires planning so that the sites can be prepared, and trees ordered,” she said.

On Sept. 21, the RRCA will be holding their annual TD Tree Days. This event is sponsored by the TD Bank Group as a part of their goal to plant 1 million trees by 2030.

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