Roseville Middle School students and city officials pose for  a group photo  April 27 after participating in Arbor Day.

Roseville Middle School students and city officials pose for a group photo April 27 after participating in Arbor Day.

Photo provided by Roseville Middle School


Roseville partners with middle school for Arbor Day

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 9, 2018

 Roseville Mayor Pro Tem Jan Haggerty reads information about Arbor Day to Roseville Middle School students before planting trees.

Roseville Mayor Pro Tem Jan Haggerty reads information about Arbor Day to Roseville Middle School students before planting trees.

Photo provided by Roseville Middle School

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville Middle School students participated in Arbor Day with the city April 27 by planting trees in front of the school’s main parking lot. 

Arbor Day is a day for public tree planting. City officials also participated in the celebration with the students. Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor was unable to make the planting, but he participated last year, and he said he’d like to see more of it. 

“It’s important for the students, and I can guarantee you, the kids had a great time. It makes them feel like they have a sense of ownership for those trees. It’s also something to look at once you get older and say, ‘I was a part of this,’” said Taylor. 

“Anytime we can put trees back into our community, it makes and gives everyone a better outlook on the property,” he added. “This being done at the schools allows the students to see how important it is to keep trees and not cut them down.” 

 Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins said the school participating in Arbor Day is good in the long term.  

“I think it teachers that we are all stewards of our environment. If we can instill this in the kids when they’re young, I hope it carries through a lifetime. All these things are a good thing that we don’t do enough of,” he said. 

Mayor Pro Tem Jan Haggerty read a proclamation to the students about Arbor Day prior to them planting the trees. 

In 1872, Jay Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a day be set aside for planting trees, and they named it “Arbor Day,” Haggerty said. 

Roseville has been recognized as a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation, according to Haggerty. 

She also recognized the students contributing to the area and “getting their hands dirty.”

“It was really exciting this year because we were able to get the kids involved. They dug holes, put the trees in, and we were happy that they took such a great interest in it,” said Haggerty 

Roseville Middle School Principal Jason Bettin said he appreciates the city for wanting to help beautify the school. The students planted 12 trees.

“It was a great opportunity for us to be involved. We pulled kids that are student leaders, kids from our cognitively impaired program, and we had the entire Macomb County middle school deaf and hard of hearing program for kids to be involved in a cause greater than themselves,” said Bettin.

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