Bethlehem students prepare Trees for Troops
"The first fifth-grade class involved are today seniors in high school," teacher Sue Greenlaw said Tuesday. "It started as a community service project. They just asked us to help load Christmas trees into FedEx trucks."
On Tuesday, the youngsters arrived at the Rocks Estate to find a pile of about 450 trees. This year the trees are going to Fort Campbell in Kentucky and Fort Hood in Texas. FedEx delivers trees to more than 60 military bases, most in the U.S., but some overseas as well, all for free.
"It's a great thing to do for the community and to give back," Iris Miller-White said.
Lyndsi Stone, also a sixth-grader, said she really enjoyed making phone calls asking for donations.
"So we can give them to people who don't have trees," Jordan Walker, a fifth-grader said when asked why students were doing the project. Some students preferred the assembly line, passing trees person to person, but Jordan said he liked putting the tags on best.
Students were all given Santa hats. It wasn't long before they were singing Christmas carols, including "Old Little Town of Bethlehem," as they passed the trees along to each other
In the Forevergreen Program, children plant Christmas trees when they are in kindergarten and harvest them in the sixth grade.