Greenwich Time: Riverside School plants a shingle oak to teach Greenwich students a ‘green’ lesson 5.25.2022

On Friday April 29, 2022, Riverside School celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony in the school’s back field. Second and fourth grade classes were invited to participate along with a handful of volunteers and school staff. Pictured from left to right: Student: Japser Davis, Sienna Chodos, Vijeesh Nathan, Dr. Greg Kramer (Town Tree Warden), Jake Pollak (Town of Greenwich), Christopher Weiss Principal of Riverside School, JoAnn Messina (Executive Director Greenwich Tree Conservancy), First Selectman Fred Camilo

By Karen Tensa

GREENWICH — Riverside School celebrated Arbor Day with a tree-planting ceremony on its back field, with second- and fourth-grade classes invited to participate with volunteers and school staff.

“Riverside School is deeply committed to supporting local organizations in their efforts to preserve natural resources and green spaces,” said Christopher Weiss, principal at Riverside School.

Guests in attendance included First Selectman Fred Camillo; Jake Pollack, a tree climber for the town of Greenwich; JoAnn Messina, executive director of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy; and Melissa Conkling of the GTC.

Weiss opened the event, held on April 29, followed by remarks from Messina. Camillo then addressed the audience by reading an Arbor Day proclamation from the town.

Town Tree Warden Greg Kramer spoke to the students about the tree that would be planted during the ceremony, a shingle oak. The tree is indigenous to the Greenwich area

He also answered students’ questions about the tree and Arbor Day.

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