FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Florham Park’s Brooklake Elementary School recently celebrated Arbor Day with a special assembly for their third grade students.

Arbor Day is a holiday that encourages men and women around the world to take time out of their busy schedules to plant a tree. Celebrated throughout many countries including Brazil, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India and many more, Arbor Day goes by many different names in many different cultures. It all comes down to helping to replenish the “lungs of the Earth” that supply animals with food and shelter and gives us Oxygen that the world needs to survive. In America, the first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska and spread to the rest of the states by 1920.

Brooklake held a special assembly for their third grade students that featured Peter Kikot from DeMartinis Landscaping. Kikot taught the students just how important trees are and how they benefit the Earth on which we live. He then went on to describe what students, parents and the community could do to help.

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In the spirit of Arbor Day, each student was sent home with a special bag. These bags contained a small oak tree and directions on how to plant it at home. In addition to this, each bag contained a small bag of soil, a miniature planter and a magic pencil that contained herb seeds that could be planted in the planter alongside the soil.

In a day and age where the growing of things has been decreasing as a hobby and a livelihood, Brooklake School still shows its students the benefits of a green thumb. Most other holidays focus on remembrance of the past, but Arbor Day gives us the opportunity to look forward and take steps to safeguard our future.