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Keep Georgetown Beautiful plants tree at Maryville Elementary School to celebrate Arbor Day

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Clayton Stairs/Times Board members of Keep Georgetown Beautiful and city officials came together Friday at Maryville Elementary School to plant a tree for Arbor Day. From left are KGB member Paul Smith, Georgetown City Public Works director Sterling Geathers, City councilmen Paige Sawyer and Rudolph Bradley, Georgetown mayor Jack Scoville, principal Stephanie Stuckey and KGB member Robert Quinn.

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Maryville Elementary School students learned about Arbor Day Friday when Georgetown city officials and a local beautification group planted a Crepe Myrtle tree on the school property.

“We are glad and thankful that KGB thought of Maryville Elementary to plant this tree,” said Stephanie Stuckey, the school’s principal.

“Every time we walk through here, we will think of them.”

She said students in Charlesann Graham’s 5th grade class, Rebecca Prevatte’s 5th grade class and Wendy Siau’s 4th grade class are responsible for watering the tree.

The tree was donated by Palmetto Pride of South Carolina.

Arbor Day, a day when people traditionally plant trees, is celebrated on the first Friday of December in South Carolina.

Keep Georgetown Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is a volunteer organization that educates individuals to take greater personal responsibility for enhancing Georgetown’s environment and beautification, according to the group’s website, www.cogsc.com/KGB.

Ron Charlton, county councilman and chair of Keep Georgetown Beautiful, said it is important for people, especially young people, to understand the importance of trees.

“Trees are not only beautiful, they help with air quality and provide habitats for wildlife,” he said.

“Trees play an important part in our quality of life.”

Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville, who also attended the tree planting, said the event was a lot of fun.

“This is a good way to get way to get students excited about planting trees,” Scoville said.

“They are gaining knowledge that they can pass on to others.”

He added that the City of Georgetown plants about 100 trees each year.

Arbor Day history

Paige Sawyer, a Georgetown city councilman, spoke during the event Friday, telling students about the history of Arbor Day.

He began by sharing that Arbor is Latin for tree.

He said a man named J. Sterling Morton started the tradition of Arbor Day in 1854 after he moved to Nebraska.

Finding flat, barren land with no trees to protect people or animals from the weather, Morton decided to begin planting trees and as editor of a newspaper, he spread the word about the importance of planting trees.

Different states celebrate Arbor Day at different times of the year, depending on the best time of year for planting trees.

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