PRESTONSBURG — Students from Prestonsburg High School observed National Arbor Day by beautifying their school with dozens of new trees and seedlings on Friday.
Youth Services Coordinator Micca Ratliff says seniors in the school’s mentorship program and several underclassmen who demonstrated a passion for environmental conservation were chosen to plant the trees. Watching the students canvas the hillside to plant seedlings, she expressed her pride with what she deemed “an awesome group of kids.”
The mentorship program is a job-shadowing course designed to help students better understand their career path before going off to college. In preparing students for their futures, community service projects like this one also give them the opportunity to learn responsible stewardship for their planet’s future as well.
David Crisp and Malcolm Slone with the city of Prestonsburg brought the trees in and helped show students how to plant the seedlings. The project helps to continue Prestonsburg’s status as a “Tree City USA,” a special designation from the Arbor Day Foundation that means positive publicity and opens the door for new grants. Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin even turned out to lend a helping hand.
Crisp says volunteers who planted pine trees around Stonecrest still visit the area to check on their trees, taking a personal pride in their work, and he believes these students will do the same in their future visits to PHS.