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Hagerstown Lions Club, forestry service help E. Russell Hicks students plant 78 trees

May 06, 2012
  • Students from E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown planted 78 trees on the school grounds with the help of the Hagerstown Lions Club and the Maryland Forest Service.
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On April 17 and 18, a group of Hagerstown Lions Club members met at E. Russell Hicks Middle School and with the help of the Maryland Forest Service, staff at E. Russell Hicks and more than 230 students, planted 78 trees on the school grounds.

The project cost $2,250, which was funded by the Hagerstown Lions Club, mainly through member sponsorships of the trees.

The forest service was able to purchase the trees through its Maryland Treemendous program. After the forest service determined the best location for the trees in a water drainage area, the facilities department from Washington County Public Schools dug the holes.

Aaron Cook, with the Maryland Forest Service, selected indigenous trees and made sure the students received tree-planting lessons. 

Mother Nature cooperated with an unexpected day of rain on April 18. 

International Lions President Wing-Kun Tam challenged all Lions to plant a million trees this year.

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The Hagerstown Lions answered that call with spades.

According to the Lions International website, more than 8.2 million trees have been planted worldwide with the million tree campaign. 

In addition to the usual positive outcomes from tree planting, the purpose of the million-tree campaign was to demonstrate how volunteerism affects communities and the world at large. 

The students at E. Russell Hicks got that message and more when their lesson was held in the field outside their school.

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