On Friday, November 13th, Edmond Urban Forestry partnered with Sunset Elementary School to plant 25 trees on the school’s grounds along W 9th St. Approximately 250 students participated, alongside school staff, community volunteers and members of the Edmond Urban Forestry Commission. The trees, mulch, stakes, and irrigation system parts were all funded by an Oklahoma City Community Foundation grant awarded to Edmond Urban Forestry in the amount of $5,196.
Sunset students took on a primary role in the beautification of their school with remarkable enthusiasm and ownership. First through fifth grade students took part in the planting event, digging the holes, moving the trees, backfilling the planting holes, and spreading mulch. In years to come the new trees that they planted will provide shade, a buffer from the street, and many other services to improve the local environment such as pollution removal, oxygen production, energy conservation and rainfall interception.
This project was a direct result of initiatives by the Edmond Urban Forestry Commission to plant trees at Edmond schools. The first planting from these efforts took place at Edmond North High School during Arbor Week this year.