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Students receive trees for Arbor Day

May 12, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

Representatives from the Merrill Lynch office in Rehoboth Beach presented fourth grade students at Rehoboth Elementary School with evergreen tree seedlings April 29 in observance of Arbor Day. Easter vacation prevented the students from receiving the seedlings on Delaware’s Arbor Day, the last Friday in April.

“This project is made possible because community business people like Merrill Lynch covered the cost of each of the individually packaged evergreen trees, so that there is no cost to the students, the teachers, the school, or the taxpayer,” Debra Ersch, cofounder of the Fourth Grade Foresters Project, stated, “It’s a wonderful way to show support for the community, education and the environment.”

Fourth Grade Foresters USA was created to provide a simple and inexpensive way for any individual, business or organization with to send the 4th Grade students at an elementary school home with a tree of their own to plant and care for. Each fourth grader receives an individually packaged 12”-18” evergreen tree seedling packaged by workers with disabilities.

Shown waiting for the fourth graders in the school auditorium are (l-r) Merrill Lynch’s James Gamuciello, resident director; Trey Hastings, vice president; and Steve Cooper, vice president.

Kay’shawn Dickerson, center and Sebastian Cantu happily receive their seedlings from the Merrill Lynch representatives. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Excited to plant their seedlings are (l-r) Zoe Clark, Nevaeh Figgs and Kendra Rhodes. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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