FR&A Pictorials: Arbor, Earth Day Observances at Pine Grove Manor, MacAfee Road schools

Brereveon Eddleman

MacAfee Road School 4th Grader Brereveon Eddleman said recycling is important because people “dirty up the world.”

Students throughout the school district celebrated Arbor Day and, belatedly, Earth Day on April 25.

New trees were planted and tree saplings were given away at MacAfee Road School and Pine Grove Manor School, where students also read compositions about the importance of Arbor Day and trees in general.

MacAfee Road students and staff were joined by representatives from Stop&Shop in Rutgers Plaza, Easton Avenue, which donated food for a special breakfast as well as some trees.

Store manager Michael Franz said he spoke with school principal Bill Grippo and asked what he could do.

“We donated breakfast, and we donated 500 White Pine saplings,” Franz said. The trees were given to the students for planting at home, Franz said. Students also received reusable bags to take home, he said.

Stop&Shop also donated a Flowering Crabapple tree for the front of the school, which was planted by 4th Grade students.

Gripo told the students – many of whom also participated in a recycling program – that they have to serve as examples next year, when they attend Sampson G Smith School.

“MacAfee has to be the example for responsibility for the environment,” he said. “This is a very important day; it’s about our life and why we protect the environment.”

Fourth-grader Brereveon Eddleman said recycling is important because “people dirty up the world.”

MacAfee Road School Arbor/Earth Day Observance 4-25-14



At Pine Grove Manor, students joined with members of the Franklin Township Shade Tree Commission to plant two October Red Glory Maples in the front of the school, and a Magnolia tree in the school’s courtyard.

The students were told of the importance of trees by commission chairman Chris Williams, who also read a Township Council proclamation on Arbor Day.

Pine Grove Manor Arbor Day Observance 4-25-14




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