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The Westbury Times - Schools

The Giving Tree

A recent maintence project at Westbury Friends School turned into an educational experience, as faculty engaged the two, three and four year olds in ‘tree’ week. A large, old, unhealthy Beech tree adorning the campus of the school needed to come down. Teachers put together a weekful of interactive, exploratory, fun-filled activities to help students understand why the tree was being taken down and learn more about nature. 


After last minute hugs around the tree, the children watched the tree service methodically and carefully cut down from top to bottom.


As they took down the tree, students watched from inside the school, asking questions as the process went on. When all was done, the children were left with a table and stools, made from the large trunk of the Beech tree. The students will be able to count the rings to estimate the age of the tree. 


-From The Westbury Friends School