FORT VALLEY -- Nine trees will be added to the South Peach Park Elizabeth Ann Brown Arboretum this year for Arbor Day.
For the ninth year, Fort Valley celebrated Arbor Day with a presentation including a proclamation from Mayor Barbara Williams on Friday. Fort Valley Main Street provided 320 loblolly pine seedlings to each fourth-grader in Peach County.
Students are encouraged to plant the trees at home.
Each year, trees are given away in honor of Arbor Day, traditionally celebrated the third Friday of February in Georgia. The purpose is to educate children about how trees are important for breathing as well as for products such as paper.
They provide a source of joy and spiritual renewal, Williams said.
Former Peach County Parks Director Robert Stump was proud of the trees he has helped plant in years past. Nearly 80 native trees are planted along the 7/8-mile walking trail, including the new seedlings.
The trees planted in 2014 will be a turkey oak, shortleaf pine, American beech, possum haw, American holly, pin oak, cabbage palmetto, devilwood and Southern red oak.
Fourth-grade student Kaylen Aguilar, of Byron Elementary School, took a tour of where the new trees will be planted with Stump.
They actually put trees in memory of people, she said, surprised at the signs at the base of the some of the trees at the park. In fact, the new American holly will be placed in honor of Sarah Dick, who was part of the Magnolia Garden Club.
As Stump walked down the path, pointing out various species of trees, he stopped to take in the sight of the line of trees planted near the trail.
You can feel the fuzzy feeling, he said. If youre a good tree hugger.