Tree day bears fruit for students

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
The Year 1, Room 4 class from Manjimup Primary School enjoying their time out of the classroom for National Tree Day.
Camera IconThe Year 1, Room 4 class from Manjimup Primary School enjoying their time out of the classroom for National Tree Day. Credit: Holly Thompson

Year 1 students from Manjimup Primary School rolled up their sleeves and got to work planting fruit trees last week as part of National Tree Day.

The day is all about giving back to the community and the environment and to have fun in the process.

Deputy principal Natasha Omodei said the school was working on a sustainability hub, which would include the fruit trees the students had planted.

“The science committee is arranging this space and the students are working on recycling, edible plants and an indigenous garden,” she said.

“When National Tree Day was brought to our attention we decided it was a perfect fit for us and so we decided to jump on board.”

She said the students and staff were hoping to transform the area into something similar to the old school site, which was covered in trees.

“The trees we plant today will turn into a simple fruit orchard and then we also have a vegetable garden, chickens and things like that,” Mrs Omodei said.

National Tree Day is sponsored by Toyota Australia and Manjimup Toyota’s Kym Brown said she was excited to help create events such as this.

“This is the third year Manjimup Toyota has done this, at a different school each year, we give them the funds and they go and purchase the trees and equipment to plant them,” she said.

“It is exciting to get involved and see just how much the students enjoy getting out of the classroom and getting their hands dirty.”

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