PETERSHAM CENTER SCHOOL CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY
First Event of Week-Long Celebration -
by Clarisse Hart

PETERSHAM—The Petersham Center School has a new tree in its schoolyard, and
12 young stewards committed to helping it thrive.

On Friday, April 17, to launch a week-long Arbor Day celebration, Petersham Tree
Warden Melissa LeVangie and members of the Petersham Forest & Shade Tree
Committee presented an Arbor Day program for the Center School 3rd grade.

Students learned about the importance of trees, how to count tree rings, and
which insects are a danger to trees. Together they read aloud the poem “Let’s
Plant a Tree” by Aileen Fisher.

With guidance, the students planted a thornless honeylocust tree near the
school playground. When the tree was successfully planted and mulched, one
student shouted, “We are the guardians of this tree!” The others joined in for an
enthusiastic cheer: “Our tree!”

Teacher Tracy Smith said of the event, "This was a very special day for my third
graders that certainly will not be forgotten. I'm proud of them for working as a
team and wanting to care for 'their tree' from this point on."
All are encouraged to attend the family-friendly Arbor Day festival events to follow
later this week. The events are free, with support from a grant by the New
England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and a donation by
Petersham resident Bill Purple.

On Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Petersham Memorial Library, LeVangie will
present “Trees 102,” a discussion of the importance of trees, tree biology, and
human impacts on trees. Attendees will leave with a free tree seedling.

On Saturday, April 25, on the Petersham Common, a full day of family-friendly
Arbor Day activities will include tree climbing led by certified arborists, tree ID
games, a tree-related relay obstacle course, an ask-an-arborist station, tree-
themed snacks, and spoon-carving demonstrations. The event begins with a tree
planting on the Common at 8:30 a.m.  Tree climbing and other activities will run
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LeVangie says all are welcome: “April is the time of year to actively acknowledge
the gifts given by trees. Come celebrate with the Petersham Forest and Shade
Tree Committee, and have some fun!"
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ARBOR DAY GRANTS
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Melissa Duffy, NEC-ISA Scholarship Winner, 1993
Adam Wheeler, NEC-ISA Scholarship Winner, 2002
Jeremiah Wooley, NEC-ISA Scholarship Winner, 2003
Nicole Sullivan, NEC-ISA Scholarship Winner, 1997
All of you who took Dendrology...what type of leaf we got here?
Tim Walsh Receiving Educational Scholarship October 2004 from President, Richard Herfurth
Pole games in the Army
What is the NEC-ISA Arbor Day Grant?
The Arbor Day Grant was created in 2007 to support small town and communities
who needed help to build their Arbor Day Programs.

This grant awards one event in the amount of $1,000.00 to a town, organization or
community who demonstrates need to promote and support their Arbor Day celebration.

Communities must complete and submit their Arbor Day Grant application by the
deadline of March 31, 2017.

2017 Grant Application
ARBOR DAY GRANT RECIPIENTS
Town of Amherst, MA - Alan Snow
Town of Manchester, VT - Bear Scovil & Ryan Scovil
2008
Town of Manchester, VT - Bear Scovil & Ryan Scovil
Black Rock School & Garden Club, Bridgeport, CT - Bob Bociek
2007
Town of Hartford, VT - Sylvia Provost & Jim Henderson
Lamoille County Natural Resources Conservation District & Nature Center- Christina Goodwin
2009 - Town of Hartford, VT & Lamoille County Natural Resources
2010
2011 - Ninigret Park, Rhode Island & Hope Cemetery in Worcester, MA
Ninigret Park, Rhode Island - c/o Brian Satterly
Hope Cemetery in Worcester, MA - c/o Melissa LeVangie
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NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER
ISA
NEC-ISA
P.O. Box 435
Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: 978-844-0441
New England Chapter
International Society of Arboriculture
2013 - Town of Lenox, MA
New England Chapter ISA | ©2017
NEC-ISA 2013 Arbor Day Grant
By Scott Harrington – Lenox, MA
Arbor Day 2013 was a huge success in Lenox, MA this year. Thanks to the $1000
grant we applied for and received from the New England Chapter ISA. We were
able to hose a community tree planting ceremony at the new Roche Reading Park
in the center of town. Between our raffle and donations from local businesses we
raised an additional $850 for the day’s activities.
Cub Scout packs, local schools and community members. We were able to
distribute 200 posters from the DEC commemorating Arbor Day with our State
Tree on it. We posted flyers over the entire town and raised awareness of Arbor
Day in our community.We were also able to provide trees to the town that will
help us fulfill our requirements to re-activate our TREE CITY USA status with the
National Arbor Day foundation.

Through this process, we have been able to lay the groundwork for next year’s
Arbor Day Celebration and have been able to connect with the Town Village
Improvement Committee which has been very supportive and instrumental in
making all of this happen.
2014 - Bristol Agricultural High School
2015 - Town of Petersham, MA
third graders plant a
Honey Locust tree for
Arbor Day, with assistance
from Tree Warden
Melissa LeVangie and
teacher Tracy Smith.
2016 -