Students at Valleyview Elementary School Library in Oneonta Celebrate Arbor Day with Tree Planting

On Arbor Day in 2015, Valleyview Elementary School’s second grade library classes gathered outside on a windy, snowy day to plant a tree. The Eastern Red Bud Tree was donated by the Oneonta Lowe’s and an employee of the Lowe’s Lawn and Garden Department showed the kids how to successfully plant a tree and answered their questions.

Leading up to the Arbor Day planting, the second grade library classes read the book, “A Tree is Nice” by Janice May Udry and wrote about how important trees are for the world. Their writing was displayed outside the library.

The kids continue to care for the tree which has grown two feet and is thriving. Librarian Mark Parmerter is planning a similar project for Arbor Day 2017.

For questions about the project, contact Mark at or visit the Valleyview Library website.

Submitted by Jessica Philippe