According to the program plan, “Making the Shade” addresses children’s health issues that can be improved through the proper placement and planting of large-growing shade tress. The trees can provide multiple environmental, social and economic benefits while creating a better learning environment. ECES Principal Stephanie Wiles says that 47 volunteers came together for planting on two days over the holiday beak (Dec. 27 and Dec. 28) to plant 44 trees on the ECES campus. Community Forester and Certified Arborist Seth Hawkins, along with Wiles, spearheaded the project at ECES. According to Hawkins, Wiles knew of the program through her husband - Circuit Writer Arborist Mark Wiles - and applied for the grant last summer.
Elbert County Elementary School tree-planting volunteers team members included Devon Davis, Brittany Fleeman, Adam Nash, Casey Nash, Marjorie Moon, Renee Dove, Kevin Hunt, Mark Wiles, Dolores Bell, Jason McCalla, Denise Callaway, Sarah Welch, Kayla Hudson, Rebekah Poss Jon Jarvis; Anya and Shaun Human; Jennifer Whitmire and her children Annaleigh, Maddie and Brenna; Kenneth and Brandi Brown and their children Rylan and Brant, Amber Dixon, Marti Wiles and her children Levi and Jacob; Katie Aston; Brooke Chatham; Ginger Bowen and her father, Charles Watson; Amy Barden; Donna and Danny Kotal; Ashley House and her son Kason; Tracy Lunsford; Haylee Mayhue; Mindy and Wesley Black; Cassidy Sorrow; Lydia Stowers; Melissa Brady; Lysheka Stowers; Anne Fernandez; Leanne Layne and Patrick Marcellino.
From the 1/3/2018 edition of The Elberton Star