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ARES students planted trees in Farmington's Fairhills Park

Farmington parks employee Mitch Faber explained how to plant trees to fifth grade students from Akin Road Elementary School during Friday's Arbor Day celebration at Fairhills Park.

Need some help planting trees in your yard? There's a bunch of fifth graders who can probably tell you how it's done.

The fifth graders in Jodi Hansen's class at Akin Road Elementary School learned all about how to plant trees - both big and small - during an annual Arbor Day Celebration, sponsored by the city of Farmington.

For nearly two decades, the city of Farmington has coupled with Farmington's elementary schools to do the annual Arbor Day tree planting. Every year, one of School District 192's five elementary schools gets to participate in the event. The city chooses a different park each year, and students help to plant several trees in that park.

Students arrived at the park just before 10 a.m. Friday, April 27. Their first task was to plant small trees in cups to take home. The trees were donated by Dakota Electric Association.

Once they were finished decorating the cups that held their new trees, students moved on to a tutorial with Farmington parks employee Mitch Faber, who explained the tree planting process. While the students didn't have to set the trees into the holes - city parks staff had already taken care of that part - the kids first filled the holes with soil, then covered them with mulch.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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