Remarkable Community Service Experiences
Weather wise, the two days of service couldn’t have been more different. But the mission was the same—continue to celebrate our 75th year with service, this time by improving the environment in which we all live by partnering with TreesCharlotte. Established in 2012, TreesCharlotte addresses the city’s tree loss from development and seeks to restore 50 percent tree canopy coverage by 2050.
On March 16, the entire senior class traveled to South View Park, an area being revitalized in West Charlotte. The unseasonably cold weather didn’t deter them from digging in and getting dirty to plant more than 180 trees, 75 of which were oak trees (and if you don’t know why we love oaks so much, read about it here.) Before long, many fleece jackets and hoodies were strewn about the lawn as seniors worked in groups to plant and mulch throughout the park.
On March 29, a very seasonably glorious spring day in Charlotte, fourth and fifth graders spent three hours together preparing close to 2,000 bags with oak tree seedlings to go home with every student over the next few days. Lower School students took their seedlings home on Wednesday, and Middle and Upper School students will pick up their seedlings after their parent/teacher conferences on April 3. Planting and care directions are on the bag containing the seedling.
“These seedlings are ready to be planted, and as they grow they will help TreesCharlotte in their mission to achieve 50% tree canopy coverage by 2050,” explained Assistant Head of School Scott Waybright, who orchestrated both days of service. “They will serve as a long-lasting connection to Country Day’s history of looking toward the future.”
Together, we can increase the city's tree canopy by more than 1,660 trees!
According to the NC State, College of Agriculture and Life Science:
- A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and can sequester 1 ton of C02 by the time it reaches 40 years old.
- One large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for up to four people.
- Trees help our soil remain healthy by reducing soil erosion and by creating a soil climate suitable for microorganism to grow.
- There are over 23,000 different kinds of trees in the world.