Sunrise Landscape and Design donated and planted a Star Magnolia tree and 3 holly bushes to celebrate Arbor day and Earth Day at Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg, Va on April 26th. The planting this year adds to a partnership celebrated during Arbor Day that was started 4 years ago when Sunrise owners Joe and Allison Markell’s children entered the elementary school.
Sydney Dunlap’s third grade class was the group that was able to witness the planting, and even help by planting the new tree. The Star Magnolia was planted along the front entrance of the school and joins a Red Maple, three Saucer Magnolias and two Kwansan Cherries planted in previous years. Several children in the class have been able to participate in, and learn from, the tree planting since they were in Kindergarten in 2010. The class was able to help mulch the Magnolia and learn about protective maintenance of trees once they are planted. Sunrise hopes that by providing this service to the school it will not only improve the aesthetics of the school and the school’s footprint, but will also encourage the students to be more aware of their impact on their environment and hopefully pass the knowledge they gained about proper planting to their parents and families. Sycolin Creek Elementary Principal, Derek Racino was also in attendance.