“Steve the Pointy Tree” is the name given to a new tree planted at Liberty Elementary School today by students. Over 150 fifth graders worked with their teachers and volunteers to plant 27 new trees on the Liberty campus this morning.
The trees, along with another 20 being planted at Evans and Eisenhower, were funded by Branching Out, an Alliant Energy program through Trees Forever. The program works with organizations to plant trees throughout the state.
Fifth graders talked about the benefits of trees before learning how to plant. They learned how important it is to not plant the tree too deep or it will die. Trees were planted, mulched, and watered.
For most students, this was their first experience planting a tree. One student shared that he helped his dad plant an apple tree this past summer. The family already has a pear tree and he enjoys eating fresh fruit.