For Arbor Day, Polen Implement donated spruce tree seedlings to every public and private school's fourth graders in Elyria--845 trees in all. The donation was part of the Fourth Grade Foresters project in conjunction with Ohio John Deere. Since 2006 fourth graders have planted more than 505,000 trees all across America. That’s the beginning of an entire forest planted by kids! Following is what one teacher wrote about her classroom's participation with the trees. We will post more stories about the project in the near future!
Dear Doug Breitmayer and Friends at Polen Implement,
Thank you so much for the trees for the 4th graders at Open Door Christian School!
The kids were so excited to receive them, as you can see in the picture that I've attached....All students used I-pads to research about trees. They made posters about the benefits of trees. They were amazed to find out all the many good things that trees provide for us. We also read about the history of Arbor Day. The students were really excited to see that our trees came directly from Nebraska where Arbor Day was started!
We were really excited to be a small part of this nationwide effort to improve our environment by planting trees. Together, with that many trees planted, we can feel that we are making a difference.
Again, thank you for your part in making this possible!
Just one more note that I thought you would enjoy. One of my students had a fish die, so when he planted his tree, he put the fish in the ground as fertilizer. I guess he took this idea from Squanto teaching the Indians to use dead fish as fertilizer when they planted corn!
4th grade teacher
Open Door Christian School
Polen Implement hosts and participates in different events throughout the year. John Deere Day is usually held in February and gives farmers a chance to see and learn about the latest farm equipment, win door prizes and visit with fellow farmers and neighbors. Other events include the Lorain County Fair in August, the toy barn and licensed John Deere merchandise are always popular.
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