DEADWOOD | The Lead-Deadwood Area Lions Club had a lot of help planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day, on Tuesday.
More than 100 third- and fourth-grade students from Lead-Deadwood Elementary School pitched in with a shovel full of dirt to fill in around a new spruce tree planted near the southerly entrance to Deadwood on Highway 14A.
The planting, on a cool, cloudy afternoon, was both celebration of the 26th anniversary of Deadwood’s first Tree City USA designation and a remembrance, with the spruce a second tree planted in memory of Lions Club member Dana Carswell, who lost his life in a 2016 drowning accident at Pactola Reservoir.
“Here’s this beautiful gateway entry to our town, which we’re tried to embellish a little bit with some new trees, and get kids involved, because every time they drive by this over the next 50 years, they’re going to say ‘I helped plant that tree,’” said Tom Griffith, Lions Club project chairman.
“That’s a great thing and a great way to observe Arbor Day,” Griffith said.
Mayor Chuck Turbiville told students of other ways to celebrate Arbor Day.
“You can go to the park and pick up debris like broken branches and leaves and maybe bottles and cans as a part of Arbor Day,” he said.
He said trees provide more than shade, referring to the theme for the local Arbor Day celebration.
“Where would the birds and insects go?” he said.
Students were also recognized for Arbor Day artworks and received gift bags during the event, which was also supported by Deadwood Historic Preservation, City of Deadwood and Deadwood Parks Dept.