IRMO – H. E. Corley Elementary recently received four oak trees to add to their school campus from the Irmo Arbor Day Committee.
The Town of Irmo Public Services department planted the oak trees around the playground area with the assistance of students in the school’s Montessori magnet program.
“It was important for our Montessori students to participate in this tree planting experience as a real world application of their study of care of self, care of others, and care of the environment,” said Denise Collins, H. E. Corley Magnet Lead teacher.
The Town of Irmo is a member of Tree City USA and works to maintain the town’s tree canopy cover. As part of this initiative, the South Carolina Forestry Commission also donated 450 oak trees to the school for students to take home and plant at their residence to contribute to the creation of increased tree canopy cover in Irmo.
Whitt Cline, Director of Public Services for the Town of Irmo, said, “The trees planted in yards of kids that live in the Town of Irmo will help us reach this goal. The town has been planting trees for over 20 years. We believe these trees keep the Town of Irmo beautiful, and help to clean water and air.”
Collins said, “The tree planting helps beautify our grounds, provide shady spots for our playground, and increases the environmental canopy cover in the Town of Irmo. It was a perfect match to have our Montessori students take part in this experience because as the trees grow, they are a symbol of growth for our new Montessori Magnet Program that began in 2018.”
The Town of Irmo Public Services department plays an important role in the Town’s visibility, maintaining the Town parks or decorating the Town for Christmas. The department performs duties related to park maintenance and beautification throughout the town including I-26 interchanges.