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Student volunteers deliver 1,600 trees to local teachers for Arbor Day

Four Harbor Ridge Middle School students volunteered April 23 to help sort tree seedlings for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Arbor Day Organization. From left, Kiara Dominguez, Abby Haffly, Onaly Techur and Albert Jackson.
Four Harbor Ridge Middle School students volunteered April 23 to help sort tree seedlings for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Arbor Day Organization. From left, Kiara Dominguez, Abby Haffly, Onaly Techur and Albert Jackson. Courtesy

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Arbor Day Organization delivered 1,600 tree seedlings to 60 teachers in 15 different schools within Peninsula School District on April 25.

The organization had been offering free tree seedlings to teachers since 2001 as part of its mission to raise awareness of the importance of trees through the annual Arbor Day Celebration, held Saturday.

Four student volunteers from Harbor Ridge Middle School helped organization members sort and label trees on April 23, which were then divided between two vans for students in the Employment, Training & Transition program to split further and deliver to schools in Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.

Student helpers from Harbor Ridge were Kiara Dominguez, Abby Haffly, Onaly Techur and Albert Jackson, and students who delivered the trees were Patrick Holmes, Nathalie Bibeau, Kurt Smith, Reigna’ Stout and Jayda Hoyt.

Adult helpers were Carol Alex, Holly D’Annunzio and Judy Kent, who are board members from the Gig Harbor Peninsula Arbor Day Organization. Christine Bender from Hosannah Christian Church and Lori Ann Reeder with Communities in Schools also volunteered.

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