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Replacing a lost cherry tree at Tucker Maxon School on Holgate Blvd took on special signicance on April 29th

DAVID F. ASHTON - Tucker Maxon School Development Director John Aney tells students the significance of Arbor Day, as they prepare to join in planting a new cherry tree to replace one badly damaged in a past winter storm. 
Along S.E. Holgate Boulevard s in the Reed neighborhood, Tucker Maxon School students celebrated the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, the tree planter's holiday, along with the rest of the nation on Friday, April 29.

"In honor of Arbor Day, we'll be planting a new tree — a tree for Peace — In our 'cherry tree lane' on the west side of the school, and the students will spend time in our gardens planting seeds to celebrate this holiday," said the school's Development Director, John Aney. "And, as part of the celebration, the kids will also sing the Japanese folk song, Sakura Sakura, to mark the occasion.

"Our cherry trees are beloved here; they are a landmark for our school — especially this time of year, when they're full of cherry blossoms," he explained. "Hopefully, some of these kids in school here today will drive by in twenty years, and say, 'Hey, I helped plant that cherry tree'."

As planned, at 12:45 p.m. the students emerged from their classes and, with the accompaniment and leadership of the school's music teacher Andrew Fort, a group of students sang, while others helped plant the tree.

If you want a look, the tree is on Southeast 28th Place, just south of Holgate Boulevard. If you missed the ceremony, THE BEE was there, and here's a brief video of it: youtu.be/zTGoVNThxUA


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