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MED, Alcoa team up with fourth graders for Arbor Day

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MASSENA - The Massena Electric Department and Alcoa recently celebrated Arbor Day with Massena elementary schools by planting trees and awarding prizes to students who best summed up the meaning of Arbor Day. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of Arbor Day and the importance of planting trees in our communities.

MED purchased flowering trees for Madison, Nightengale, and Jefferson schools and a maple tree for Trinity Catholic School. The trees were planted on school grounds earlier this week and dedicated today.

“This is part of MED’s long-term commitment to community beautification, energy reduction and the environment,” said MED Superintendent Andy McMahon. “It’s critical that we raise awareness about the importance of planting trees with the next generation.”

The event was part of MED’s certification as a Tree Line USA community under the National Arbor Day Foundation. This program recognizes utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests.

Students in several classes in the elementary schools were asked to do projects about what Arbor Day means to them. Alcoa awarded the winners locally-made birdhouses and seed-planting kits.

The event was part of Alcoa’s 10 Million Trees program, an initiative to plant 10 million trees in Alcoa communities worldwide by 2020. Since 1998, over 30,000 trees have been distributed and planted locally toward that goal.

“This is a terrific way to help students understand the important of replenishing our natural resources and enhancing the environment in our communities,” said Alcoa Public Affairs Manager Laurie Marr.

“I would like to thank the Massena Electric Department and Alcoa for their Arbor Day presentation at our schools. I would also like to thank Mrs. Hewlett, Mrs. Greer, and Mrs. Tischberg for participating and helping with the presentations. Thank you all for encouraging our students to plant and care for trees. The kids are now more aware of Arbor Day and its importance,” Superintendent of Schools Roger Clough II said.

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