Story by Sara Paul
Though just a budding babe now, Stanley-Deming Park’s newest addition, a Riversii beech tree, will one day reach 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide, sprouting brilliant purple leaves. The deciduous newbie owes thanks to Park Avenue Elementary first grader students who helped plant the Riversii in its new home.
Students trudged through chilly rain and pesky puddles on Fri., Apr. 20 to attend the Village of Warwick Shade Tree Commission and Warwick Valley Gardeners’ annual Arbor Day Celebration. In anticipation of the early morning event, Mother Nature sent plenty of precipitation to the Warwick Valley. However, the soggy morning conditions did not deter the excited youngsters from their environmental efforts.
A parade of umbrellas and rain boots were met with a warm welcome from Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard; Warwick Valley Gardeners’ member Patricia Reinhardt; Craig Wadeson from Wadeson’s Home Center; Rob Scheuermann, Village Shade Commissioner and owner of RS Landscaping; and workers from the Village of Warwick Department of Public Works.
Scheuermann greeted the curious crowd and emphasized the function of trees, which includes providing shade and oxygen and also absorbing harmful pollutants in the air.
Reinhardt, a former Park Avenue teacher, commended the well behaved children for their attention and urged, “If everybody planted a tree, think about how much better the world would be.”
Mayor Newhard also stressed the importance of planting more trees and held a brief Q&A with the students. Small groups of hard-working helpers utilized golden shovels to complete the planting and each child was given a small tree to take home, courtesy of Wadeson’s.
Smiling and accomplished, the fresh horticulturalists posed with a proud Mayor, who was quite apropos in his photo prompt. “Everybody say trees!”