Rotary plants trees for pupils’ benefit

AS ARBOR week came to an end, the Rotary Club of Arcadia visited Thoboshana Primary School to plant trees and encourage environmental awareness at the school last Friday.

GREENING INITIATIVE: Newly-appointed Rotary Arcadia president Rommy Naudé, left, with club members and pupils from Thoboshana Primary School, who planted more than 15 indigenous trees around the school grounds during Arbor Week Picture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

Newly-appointed president of Arcadia Rotary, Rommy Naudé has made the school her personal project since 2011, but the club soon joined in.

“Lots of upgrades have happened this year and now we are ready to put some ‘frills’ in place and improve the school grounds,” Naudé said. Fellow Rotarian Professor Farhad Aghdasi said: “We get very excited about these projects. It’s wonderful to see how much Thoboshana has grown.”

Naudé explained the importance of trees and encouraged the children to take ownership and responsibility for the maintenance and care of the newly- planted trees.The day was a huge success, with all the pupils involved in the tree-planting ceremony.

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The excitement of the day culminated with more than 15 indigenous trees being planted on the school grounds.

The trees were donated by Floradale Nursery and BCM Nursery, as well as friends, family and individual Rotarians.

With Naudé’s help and generous donations from Rotary Arcadia and other donors, Thoboshana Primary School continues to grow and flourish.

“We hope the children’s involvement in planting the trees will encourage them to take good care of the trees, which will improve their playground, offering shade in summer,” Naudé said.


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