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Published May 10, 2012, 05:10 PM

Greenway a Little 'Greener' After Arbor Day Celebration

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - One 5th grade class spent Thursday morning planting trees in the Greenway at Riverside Dam in Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - One 5th grade class spent Thursday morning planting trees in the Greenway at Riverside Dam in Grand Forks.

The Arbor Day celebration not only made the greenway a little "greener" but gave kids hands-on experience in the great outdoors.

Elm, baroque and hackberry trees slowly fill the greenway.

"It'll look pretty with the trees around and it helps the environment with oxygen," 5th Grader Molly McEnroe said.

This is the first time Wilder Elementary students Molly McEnroe and Mackenzie Kelley have planted trees. And as they shovel dirt, the two learn more about the environment.

"It was fun because you see how the tree shifts and the roots move and all that," Kelley said.

Grand Forks City Council President Hal Gershman and Grand Forks Herald Columnist and Internet sensation Marylin Hagerty kicked off the Arbor Day Celebration with 5th graders from Wilder. They planted the first tree of the day.

Whether it's one tree or 150 trees, each year Arbor Day is celebrated in Greater Grand Forks to not only liven up the Greenway, but teach kids about the importance of planting trees.

"Try to encourage kids to plant trees themselves, the value of trees and with the big push for environment and going green. Exposes the kids at an early age," Grand Forks Forestry Operations Manager Mike Fugazzi said.

Organizers say it's a win-win situation, benefiting the Greenway and educating kids like Molly and Mackenzie at the same time.

"Over the years you can see it grow and you'll kind of be growing with it," McEnroe said.

"It's just so cool coming back and seeing it grow," Kelley said.

Hal Gershman, Marylin Hagerty and WDAZ's own Ernie the Angler spoke at the event.

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