Arbor Day at Orr Elementary in Tyler - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Arbor Day at Orr Elementary in Tyler

Posted: Updated:

TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass declares today the city's official Arbor Day of 2013. City leaders teamed up with Tyler ISD to teach Orr Elementary students the importance of trees.

"We can make houses, furniture. We can make a lot of things with trees."

10 year old Keelan Erwin says he learned a lot about the benefits of trees from "Sam Sapling" at this morning's Arbor Day celebration.

"There's two number ones actually. There's two number ones. One is Kleenex and one is toilet paper!"

But, his favorite part of the day was getting his hands dirty! Students planted Maple, Elm, and Fringe trees at the front entrance of the school.

"I really like it because trees- trees store oxygen. And, if we wouldn't have trees in Tyler or Texas, we wouldn't really breathe that much. It would be really hard to breathe without trees."

Arborist Luke Porter says planting trees teaches pride of ownership.

"This tree's yours. You've taken responsibility with it. Now, tell your friends to be careful around it. And, you know, tell future generations. Porter says we need new, healthy trees now more than ever."

"The last couple of years have been an issue for trees just due to the heat and the long dry spells."

Porter says even on Orr Elementary campus, there's evidence that trees have been stressed by the heat and drought of past summers.

10 year old Decoryeon Berry encourages everyone to plant trees.

"They make our earth beautiful." He says. "They give off oxygen. And, sometimes when seeds and acorns fall off of trees, they drop down to the ground and plant more trees."

"If you plant a tree," says Keelan, "that's pretty good for you."

The Texas A&M Forest Service says the past couple summers have been especially hard on trees.

More than 300,000,000 Texas trees died during the summer drought in 2011.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Mobile meth lab shut down; federal agency collects weapons

    Mobile meth lab shut down; federal agency collects weapons

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:17:20 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) -- Weapons and drugs were swept up after a local hotel cleaning crew ran into more than they could handle. On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, Tyler Police Officers were dispatched to the Sleep Inn located at 5555 Donnybrook when the hotel cleaning staff entered one of the rooms to clean it and observed several suspicious items lying in the open.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) -- Weapons and drugs were swept up after a local hotel cleaning crew ran into more than they could handle. On Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at approximately 1:00 PM, Tyler Police Officers were dispatched to the Sleep Inn located at 5555 Donnybrook when the hotel cleaning staff entered one of the rooms to clean it and observed several suspicious items lying in the open.
    More >>
  • Search warrant filed for woman indicted for driving car into Longview crowd

    Search warrant filed for woman indicted for driving car into Longview crowd

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:14:56 GMT
    A Hallsville woman accused of driving into a crowd of about 20 people last fall in South Longview faces new driving charges.
    More >>
    A Hallsville woman accused of driving into a crowd of about 20 people last fall in South Longview faces new driving charges.
    More >>
  • Islamic State releases video depicting another beheading

    Islamic State releases video depicting another beheading

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:09:14 GMT
    (Photo: SITE)(Photo: SITE)
    (USA TODAY) - The terror group Islamic State released a video Tuesday apparently depicting the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.Sotloff, kneeling, says he is "paying the price" for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life.More >>
    (USA TODAY) - The terror group Islamic State released a video Tuesday apparently depicting the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.Sotloff, kneeling, says he is "paying the price" for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.