Green thumbs make for greener school at Bert Ambrose

Students at Bert Ambrose Elementary spent their day on Thursday digging dirt and planting a legacy for the next generation of students to enjoy.

Eight spruce and seven maple trees were planted at the school this week thanks to a grant the school PAC received through Trees Canada.

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"It's important for our students to take some ownership of their playground, and being part of planting something always makes them excited, getting to see something grow like that and building a stronger community for their school," said Roberta Chouinard.

Students worked alongside Tree Canada representative Reg Whiten, and Jeff Spenst and his team from Pembina Pipeline to plant them.

Students even got to name the trees, too — Barkley, Mrs. Woodley, Pearl, Jeff, and the Ambrose Gator were just some of the names bestowed. The planting was followed by a school picnic and outdoor assembly in the afternoon.

Chouinard encouraged other schools to reach out to Trees Canada and see how they too can spruce up their playgrounds and give kids a meaningful team building project.

"I encourage people to get out and look for different avenues and how to bring life into our schools," Chouinard said. "It's a great opportunity to build community."

Want to know more about Trees Canada? Click here.

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