Arbor Day brings out green thumb in all

During the presentation, the students were busy writing things in their journals all about trees.

Gorham said he's been with Bartlett Tree Experts for 14 years and has been coming to Skaneateles for the Arbor Day demonstration for 10 years. He has been working right alongside McQuiggan since the first demonstration.

"We are a big part of the Skaneateles community," Gorham said, which is due to the amount of work the company does in the area along with the spring program and annual tree adoption. "We've been adopting a different tree each year."

Tree talk in the classroom

As the day progressed, members of the Skaneateles Garden Club gave children in Joanne Williams' second grade class at Waterman Elementary a treat.

Ros Schwartz demonstrated, using one students arms, how a tree not only grows up but also out.

"We're like trees," Schwartz said. "We grow up, but don't want to grow out."

The children understood what she meant as soon as Schwartz made a motion with her arms to show that by "out" she meant gaining weight.

During her educational talk with the students, Schwartz read poems and showed pictures that her grandchildren had drawn of trees, and also talked about a show she had seen one TV about a dense jungle. On the program the filmmakers used speed photography to show what happened when an old tree fell and sunlight came in through the hole it left in the leafy canopy. Not only did sunlight come through, but so did rain and that's how the jungle grew.

Stories of Johnny Appleseed were intermingled with facts about Arbor Day. Schwartz left books for Williams about Arbor Day along with bookmarks, stickers and plastic bracelets for the student to wear.

"It's giving back to the community," said Nancy Easter, chairman of the Arbor Day events for the Skaneateles Garden Club.

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