Planting trees for CC!

Citrus High students prepare the soil for planting.

An old Greek proverb says, “A society grows great when old people plant trees in whose shade they know they’ll never sit.”

Six students from Citrus High School in Porterville, California aren’t old, but they’re engaging in similarly selfless behavior: before the school year began, they went to work on a new “Pillars of Character” garden for the students at Los Robles Elementary School.

After they’ve prepared the soil, the teens will come back to help the kids plant six cypress trees, each representing a pillar of character. Then they’ll plant color-coordinated flowers around each tree. The garden will serve as a reminder and backdrop for CHARACTER COUNTS! assemblies.

* For more on this story from Esther Avila at The Porterville Recorder, click here.

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Photo by Reneh Agha, The Porterville Recorder