School Forest builds festive character
- Published: December 5, 2010
The School Forest organization almost reads like a textbook example of character-building clichés. It’s just too perfect. Hard work, dedication, respect for the environment AND community building? It’s easy to see why this has been a Yellow Springs tradition since 1947.
John Day, who has been the advisor for the organization for seventeen years, explained that he took on the roll because he loved the outdoors, and wanted to spread that enthusiasm throughout the school. When he learned about School Forest, he thought, “This is perfect.”
Students are responsible for planting, caring for and finally cutting the trees. They see firsthand the positive consequences of their time and effort. School Forest is also an outdoor activity, and definitely fosters a sense of environmental responsibility. Finally, the students cut and sell the trees to the local residents as a community service.
If you would still like to purchase a homegrown, homecut Christmas tree, the School Forest Festival will still be operational today from 9 am to 2pm.