Tree planting at Pacific kicks off Arbor Day celebrations

e-Connections Post Pacific
Pacific Elementary kids love their school's new trees.

SCUSD partnered with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Greenwise Joint Venture for an Arbor Day celebration at Pacific Elementary School on Thursday (March 7).

The event was part of the “30KTrees” campaign, an effort to plant 30,000 trees in one year throughout the Sacramento region.Mayor Kevin Johnson attended the celebration with Ray Tretheway, executive director of the Tree Foundation, and representatives of SMUD, PG&E, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s office.

Students and staff at Pacific planted 22 trees and each classroom has pledged to adopt and care for a tree over the next three years, a critical development phase in a tree’s life.

Over a 20-year period, 30,000 trees could collect 8.5 million tons of carbon, capture 11 million gallons of storm water and remove 110,000 pounds of pollutants from the air.