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Elrod students honor Arbor Day tradition

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Apr 26 2013 05:45:08 PM MDT
Elrod students honor traditions of Arbor Day
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Third graders at Elrod Elementary School alongside folks from Kalispell Parks and Recreation planted trees in honor of Arbor Day. J. Sterling Morton started Arbor Day 141 years ago in Nebraska.

Students did a nice job of keeling Morton's legacy alive Friday afternoon by planting two new maple trees in front of the Elms Apartments, right down the street from their school. We spoke with one student who told NBC Montana all about the importance of having trees in our community.

"They produce shade, they produce oxygen, they produce a lot of stuff for our environment," said Alyssa Leimkuehler. "They help by giving us shade from not getting dehydrated! They also give us syrup, maple syrup, maple trees."

This is Kalispell's 26th year participating in Arbor Day festivities.