Arbor Day 2011

 A Special Day at Lacey Spring

Lacey Spring Elementary School Principle Donna Robinson and the children of Lacey Spring

Each year Fine Earth, in cooperation with the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, selects a site within the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community for a special Arbor Day gift… a custom tree planting with all the trimmings. Site nominations are solicited from the public.

Each year Fine Earth, in cooperation with the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association, selects a site within the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community for a special Arbor Day gift… a custom tree planting with all the trimmings. Site nominations are solicited from the public.

The supporting sponsors for 2011 were: Valley Renovators, Irriturf, and Layman & Nichols P.C.

This year, the choice of gift sites was easy… Here is the letter we received from Ms. Brenda Robey, counselor at Lacey Spring Elementary School…

At Lacey Spring Elementary School we have inner and outer courtyard areas with only grass at this time. In twenty-two years these areas have remained virtually untouched. We need trees and landscaping! As the counselor, I would love to see a flagstone walk through the inner courtyard that could be used as a “Peace Walk.” Children who are angry (often because of home conditions), or children who are in conflict with one another, could walk the path between the library and gym hall to calm down and work out differences. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Brenda Robey

Counselor

Chad Layman and Fine Earth designer Jesse Bergey visited the school and met with Ms. Robey and Principle Donna Robinson. Here is a photo of the school courtyard as it was…

Lacey Sprints Elementary School Courtyard

Chad handed the project over to Jesse and here is the design he came up with…

Landscape Design

One of the challenging features of this project was the courtyard’s interior location. All of the equipment and materials and plants had to be hand carried through the school hallways. The task required over 100 man hours to complete.

Dedication Day

Rockingham County School Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Matt Lohr, and Matt Robertson, past President of the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association were on hand on Friday, April 29th, when a special Arbor Day dedication was held for the new courtyard.

From left to right: Matt Robertson, Matt Lohr, Brenda Robey, Dr. Fenn

Dr. Fenn talks to the kids about what it means to care

Matt Lohr talks about the importance of trees to Virginia’s economy

Matt Robertson talks about building communities everyone can love and the things they are learning in school that will help them be a part of it.

Lacey Spring students listen to guest speakers.

Christain Hottinger responds to a question from the guest speaker.

Jesse Bergey shares “The Giving Tree” with the children and talks about the importance of trees to the health of the world.

Children and guests walk the “peace path” on a tour of the new courtyard

Chad Layman showing the children how to pot their own seedling trees.

Fine Earth Designer Becky Bartells pitches in.

Lacey Spring students observe as Chad Layman demonstrates how to pot their seedlings.

Chad Layman and Dr. Carol Fenn assist students in potting their seedlings.

We received a note from Brenda Robey informing us that many of the children had named the trees they took home…

Thunder (Bryce), Popsicle (Sergy), Snowball (Alison), Sydney’s Special fir Tree, Fuzzy (Emma), Special Trista Tree, Muscle Machine (Chase), Greeney(Angelina), Lightning (Jared), Crooked (Garret), Betsy, Superman, Cool Rockin’ Ronny, Bzoko Tree, Skittles, Pretty Tree, Butter Cup, Justin, White Tail, Sniper, Super Girl, Rose, Lucky, and Cheetah. Some of the kids did not sign their names to their tree name.