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More trees grow in Lincoln thanks to high school students
[APRIL 29, 2000]  Hard work and some generous contributions are making the city of Lincoln a greener and pleasanter place.  Putting in the hard work are the 38 members of the National Honor Society at Lincoln Community High School and their sponsors, teachers Judy Dopp and Laura Horton, along with the science students of  Jim Vipond.  The various kinds of contributions are coming from many sources. 

On Wednesday, April 26, Honor Society members, with the help of seven Lincoln-area first grade classes and the city of Lincoln, planted trees in Chautauqua Memorial Park to help replace the old oak trees that come down whenever there is a major storm, Dopp said.   


[National Honor Society members from Lincoln High School planted Bradford Pears trees in the Don Shay parking  lot across from Scully Park. Other plantings in the parking lot were shrubs and perennials.]

Approximately 270 first graders were bused out during the morning and each one got a blue spruce seedling, courtesy of the city of Lincoln, to take home and plant.   The city also helped by providing mulch and compost, but the Honor Society members dug the holes and gave the first-graders a lesson in tree planting and care.

On Friday, April 28, Honor Society members, along with 80 students in Jim Vipondís biology-chemistry class, were once again on the working end of spades.   Some of them were planting Bradford Pear trees, euonymus bushes and perennials at the Don Shay parking lot downtown.  Others were at the Burton View home of Dean Bruns, chairman of the Logan County Fairground Association, digging up the 60 hackberry trees he donated to be replanted in the Fairgrounds.  Plantings at the Fairgrounds also include ornamental trees and other shade trees.  


The group has received donations from the community amounting to more than $2,000, Dopp said, including a $500 grant from Logan County Joint Waste Management, in agency in charge of recycling.  Other contributions came from the Rotary Club, Main Street Lincoln and from private individuals.  Help has also come from the city of Lincoln, especially the street department, Dopp said.  Bill Dickerson from the Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District advises the group on the best ways to plant the trees, and John Wilmert of Wilmert Tree Farms has given the group trees at cost.

This marks the fifth year that the Honor Society has been planting trees in the Lincoln area.  Previous projects include ornamental trees on the strip of land between the Fairgrounds and Lincoln Parkway and tree seedlings at the south exchange of Interstate 55 and Lincoln, Dopp said.   The project is usually an Earth Day celebration, but was a little later this year because of the schoolís spring vacation schedule.


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