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Durfee Celebrates Arbor Day

Brenna Riley '12
May 2, 2012

On Friday, April 27, students from Durfee High School’s Green Team, in collaboration with

The group of Green Team members and Student Government pose for a picture.
-courtesy of Mr. Brendan O'Nei

Student Government, planted five new cedar trees around campus in order to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. The trees planted around the school not only added beauty to the surroundings of Durfee, but also helped to create a more environmentally friendly atmosphere at Durfee.

“Student participation was great. We had a great collaboration between the Green Team and the Student Government.  As in past years, Durfee students have really stepped up when asked to help out with projects like tree planting.  There was some hard work, like digging holes for the trees, but students did it with smiles on their faces and had a good time,” said Green Team advisor and AP Environmental Science teacher, Brendan O’Neill.

Green Team members plant a tree.
-Durfee file photo

The Green Team has been in place for three years at Durfee and is currently being led by senior Hailey Cambra and junior Victoria Carlos, as well as advisor O’Neill. The club started as a small group of students that wanted to make a difference within the walls of Durfee, and has slowly turned into a large group that want to impact the entire community in and around the school.

Aside from Durfee High School, the Green Team has also planted trees in the bioreserve and at Oak Grove Cemetery.

“We’re glad that we have so many people who care enough about the school’s environment to take part in a tree planting, and we hope to do it again in years to come,” said Carlos.