Local Wichita Falls school celebrates Arbor Day

WICHITA FALLS, TX - On Thursday, 1st-grade students at Franklin Elementary were given a chance to not only celebrate Arbor Day but learn important facts about trees and the important role they play on this planet.

Franklin Principal, Angie Betts, went back and forth with the students asking them what facts they know about shrubs.

The children cited how trees play an important part in providing the planet with oxygen and their ability to provide homes for animals and wildlife.

During one year one single tree can absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.

The word "Arbor" is actually Latin for a tree. The holiday itself dates back to 1872 when J. Sterling Morton, who served as President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of Agriculture helped plant one million trees in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

Though the holiday started in America it is now recognized by many foreign countries.

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