HIGH POINT, N.C., March 18, 2016 – High Point University planted a purple plum tree at Fairview Elementary School today in High Point in honor of North Carolina Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees.
“These students are going to walk by this tree every day when they come into school,” said Angela Dawson, principal at Fairview Elementary. “They will get to see it grow and take shape. Anytime that these students can learn about something that they don’t already know about is wonderful.”
Dozens of students gathered around as Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds at HPU, planted the purple plum tree and told the students about the importance of trees.
“The big thing is getting kids excited about trees early on so that they can understand the importance of them and the environment,” said Roethling. “Trees provide shade, food and help with global warming. All of this is very important for children to understand now at a young age.”
“I love that we are going to have a tree outside of our school,” said Nevaeh Myangele, second-grader at Fairview Elementary. “Trees are not only pretty, but I like sitting under them for shade and eating fruit from them. I can’t wait until this tree grows purple plums.”
HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein began the development of the HPU Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on campus in 2006. She says that the mission of the gardens is to not only beautify the HPU campus and preserve the environmental surroundings, but to share an appreciation for nature with the community.
“These children are so excited to have this tree planted at their elementary school and we love to see that,” said Qubein. “Whenever we are creating something on campus and sharing it in the community, it is a great thing. We want to spread the word about Arbor Day because right now, these young children don’t really know what it is. They will take what Jon is teaching them today and bring it with them through the rest of their lives.”
The university will hold an official Arbor Day celebration on its campus on April 21 at the Alumni Avenue Amphitheatre. For more information click here.