Class plants 1,000 trees to mark end of exams

Pesega College's senior class planted 1,000 trees at Sauniatu to mark the end of their exams and to contribute to the Government's Two Million Tree Campaign.

The Principal of Pesega College, Siakisone Taleni, told the Samoa Observer on Thursday afternoon that the tree planting event is something that they plan every year as a de-stress activity for the students after exams.

Instead of activities such as a school dance, the school had decided to a tree planting event so that the students could give back to the environment.

"I know if we would have asked the kids want they want to do, what kind of activity they would like to do, i am sure all will say a dance, or something fun but we wanted them to do something to give back," he said.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E) provided the trees that were planted and Mr. Taleni explained that it was raining when they had started the tree planting activity at Sauniatu.

But the weather, mud and various insects did not stop them as the boys of Pesega's senior class cleared the area and dug holes while the girls planted the trees.

"Before we went I asked the students, what the benefit of planting trees. We did that as a group activity, they share information, they share what they learn from the classroom, the benefit of planting trees," said Mr. Taleni.

He explained that it was a good activity for the students, as it was something that they learned in the classroom and now they are able to go out and practice, and Mr. Taleni further stated that it was good that the students were able to identify the benefits of planting trees.

Mr. Taleni revealed that they will continue to do this and look after the trees that they had recently planted at Sauniatu while continuing to  plant more trees to contribute to the campaign.

He said they want to instill in their minds that when we all work together, the ecosystem becomes the biggest beneficiary due to the trees, the environment and the earth.

Mr. Taleni also stated that with this activity it will be a good idea to get everyone into this mindset of not just benefiting from something but to also give back.

"I would like to thank M.N.R.E. for making this possible," he said.

He also hopes that the Two Million Tree Campaign will keep going and that many people will continue to participate in it.

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