PROSPERITY — Prosperity-Rikard fourth-graders went green last Friday as they celebrated Arbor Day with the Prosperity Garden Club.
The club donated a red maple that the students planted in their garden area complete with a pear tree and a couple of beds filled with vegetables.
The fourth-graders in Debra Templin and Ashley Metts’ classes maintain the garden throughout the year and students also volunteer to help maintain the garden on their recess breaks.
Arbor Day is celebrated in December in South Carolina but started in 1872 in the Midwest when pioneers moved to the Nebraska territory and didn’t find many trees.
It wasn’t until 1970 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day but each state celebrates Arbor Day depending on their climate for tree planting weather.
The members of the Prosperity Garden Club wanted to donate to the school since they are a community group. The women also maintain the walking track at Wightman U.M.C., the fountain on the square and other community places.
The members bought the fountain in memory of a past member of the garden club.
They have been meeting since 1926 and are still going strong by helping making the community more green.
The fourth-grade students at Prosperity-Rikard are no stranger to planting and greenery as they are very involved in their gardens.
In addition to volunteering to work during their recess, they along with parents and faculty take turns in the summer looking over the garden.
They also combine math, science and social studies when learning about building garden beds and climate change.
In Templin’s class, the students participated in a Journey North Tulip Test garden which they received a certificate for. They were the first class in South Carolina to jump on board of this international project.
“They planted 27 units in two beds,” said Templin about the tulips. “They measured math in the garden and made a three by nine raised bed.”
The students also saw classes in other states and countries involved in the same project.