LAGRANGE, Ga. — Berta Weathersbee Elementary School and Gardner Newman Middle School students marked Georgia's Arbor Day this morning with a tree planting ceremony.
A maple tree, donated by Smith Design Group, was planted at each school to honor the students who recently won the Troup TREEmendous essay and art contest.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see how our young people embrace environmentalism,” said Todd Stephens, Troup TREEmendous education chair. “They have a connection with the natural world that adults easily dismiss. When we all start caring about our world like our kids, we can make real progress in conservation and stewardship. They are my heroes.”
Created in March 2009, Troup TREEmendous seeks to preserve the rural character of the county and protect trees.
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The winners of the contest are:
- Hannah Cody, who won first place and is a fifth grader at Berta Weathersbee.
- Camren Russell, who won second place and is a fifth grader at Berta Weathersbee.
- Jordan Slonaker, who won third place and is a fifth grader at Berta Weathersbee.
- Dakota Crowson, who was the art contest winner and is a sixth grader at Gardner Newman.