JASPER — Corinth Christian Academy celebrated Florida Arbor Day on Jan. 17 with a program conducted by the Florida Forest Service that involved approximately 14 students as well as their teacher.
Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday that started out in 1872 in Nebraska as a proposal to help establish trees on its vast treeless plains. It was the idea of J. Sterling Morton, and more than one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day. It became a national holiday in the 1880’s and is now celebrated in many other countries as well. The national Arbor Day in the United States of America is held on the fourth Friday in April, while here in Florida it is the third Friday in January.
A short presentation was made to the students about the importance of trees in our everyday lives and the many useful benefits and products we get from trees by Florida Forest Service Hamilton County Senior Forester Greg Staten.
Two dogwood trees were planted on the school campus by the students and Staten. The students and teacher were instructed in how to care for the newly-planted trees. The students were each given a bareroot Slash pine seedling donated by the Florida Forest Service to take home and plant along with instructions on how to plant them properly.