MONTVILLE, NJ – April 27 was proclaimed Arbor Day by the Montville Township Committee, and a ceremony was held on the hill near the township amphitheater beyond the public library to commemorate the occasion.

The Montville Township Environmental Commission announced its 2018 honoree, Paul Rolfe, a teacher at Montville Township High School who is also the advisor to that school’s Earth Club, a popular club with more than 50 student members.

“Mr. Rolfe was chosen because of his countless hours as advisor to the MTHS Earth Club,” said Michele Caron, Arbor Day Chair for the Environmental Commission. “His enthusiasm for the environment piqued the students’ interest to want to make a difference. His science background gives students the reasons why things occur in our environment. This enables students to understand and appreciate the unique environment we have here in Montville. Mr. Rolfe has the respect of students, faculty and the Environmental Commission with all of his field work. The Earth Club gained the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions’ 2015 Award of Excellence for an Earth Club program that they developed for elementary schools in the area. He helped direct students in these wonderful, interactive lessons, and it’s a very popular program that elementary schools look forward to each year. Mr. Rolfe is a true asset to Montville Township. We are blessed to have him as a teacher in our town.” (Read about the program here.)

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At the ceremony, Rolfe thanked the Earth Club members for their dedication, motivation and hard work. He hoped to continue the club for many years to come and additionally to raise awareness for Arbor Day, sustainability and the environment in general.

A tree was planted at the site of the ceremony in Rolfe’s name, which Caron said was an apple tree that bears five different kinds of apples.

Also honored at the ceremony were the poster contest winners from the fourth grade in the elementary schools across the township.  This year’s theme was “Take a stand to save a tree.”

Caron said that the high school Earth Club votes on the posters by using Hershey’s Kisses.

“They walk around and place a Kiss on their favorite poster. The ones with the most Kisses win,” she said with a laugh.

They were:

  • 1st Place, Julia Jose – Hilldale School
  • 1st Place, Jenny Ziye Ke – Hilldale School
  • 2nd Place, Ann Cao – Valley View School
  • 2nd Place, Brindha Ponvel – Hilldale School
  • 3rd Place, JunHo Shun – Hilldale School
  • 3rd Place, Saanvi Naralasetti – Hilldale School

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