School students usually return home daily with books and other educational materials.
Imagine the look on the faces of parents Friday when their first-graders in the Kane Elementary School came home with a tree.
In observance of Arbor Day this month, the McKean County Conservation District sponsored the "My Growing Tree" program Friday at the school.
Every first-grade student at the school received their own Eastern Hemlock seedling to take home and plant. The students also receive a "My Growing Tree" chart to compare their growth with the growth of their tree.
Instructions for planting and caring for the seedling were included on the back of the chart.
Stan Hess of Coudersport, a forester with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), took part in the program along with Heather McKean, watershed conservationist with the county Conservation District.
See full article by purchasing the April 21 edition of The Kane Republican.