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By Emma Philbrook
The Times 

Teaching Kids the Value of Trees

Waitsburg's Allison Bond hands out tree seedlings, along with lessons on their importance


Emma Philbrook

Allison Bond, of Waitsburg, hands out trees to Waitsburg Elementary students after her presentation on Friday.

WAITSBURG – It takes a lot to keep a schoolkid's attention on a sunny Friday, but Allison Bond managed that minor miracle last week at Waitsburg Elementary.

In the school cafeteria, 150 five-inch saplings sat in boxes on the tiled floor as Bond showed them off to an awestruck crowd of students. They'd each get to take one home, she explained, and plant it in celebration of Arbor Day. Soon, the tiny trees would grow as tall as the one by the school's front door. They'd clean the air and provide shelter to animals.

"Imagine if you were going to build a force field around your city," Bond e...

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