Grade 1 boy encourages St John’s Pre-Prep to plant trees for Arbor Day

Ryan MacKay helps to plant a tree at The Wilds for Arbor Day.

 

St John’s Pre-Preparatory spent Arbor Day planting 10 fever trees at The Wilds nature reserve thanks to a bright idea from Grade 1 learner Ryan MacKay.

Headmistress at St John’s Pre-Preparatory Jane Lane said, “Grade 1 pupil Ryan asked his dad if he could do chores around the house to raise money to buy trees after one of his teachers had told the class how valuable trees are and that at St John’s, so many trees are diseased.”

Ryan’s father encouraged him to plant the trees somewhere where others could benefit from them. The pre-preparatory was then approached and decided that The Wilds would be the perfect place.

The Wilds is a nature reserve linking the Johannesburg CBD and the inner-city leafy suburbs.

Mocheko Sebatane and Jake Smith carry a bucket of water together to water the newly planted trees on Arbor Day.

Lane explained that Ryan challenged other boys to donate money for trees, culminating in St John’s planting 10 trees at The Wilds on Arbor Day.

“City Parks was extremely helpful, identifying where they should be planted, and they dug the holes and half-planted the trees. On Friday [7 September], all the boys from the Pre-Prep went across to The Wilds and had a small ceremony to thank Ryan and the City Parks team. Then every little boy added a handful of soil and a bucket full of water to the trees,” she said.

“This will be an ongoing venture at St John’s Pre-Prep as we look after these trees, cover them in winter against frost and keep them in fertiliser. We will make this an annual outing to document the growth of the trees,” added Lane.

 

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