The celebration gives the second grade students the chance to leave their legacy at Washington School by giving back to the community. Each year, the students celebrate their commencement from Washington in tandem with Arbor Day by planting trees in the school garden.
In preparation for the Arbor Day celebration, second grade students researched why trees are good for the environment. They created posters and writing samples explaining their findings, and four students were nominated from each class. From these 32 nominees, four students’ posters and four students’ writing samples were selected to represent the grade level. These students presented their posters and read their writing at the Arbor Day celebration in front of peers, teachers, and community members. Mundelein Public Works will also honor these students by publishing students’ work on their website.
Part of the research that all second grade students conducted including studying, comparing, and contrasting different types of trees. After learning about several types of trees, each class voted on which tree they would like to plant in the garden. This year’s winner is the tulip poplar tree, and students helped plant a tree during the Arbor Day ceremony. At the conclusion of the celebration, each student received a Colorado Blue Spruce sapling to plant at home.