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Days Creek students give back by planting thousands of trees

This is part of their monthly "Day of Service" that the school puts together for the students to teach about natural resources and community service.

Posted: Mar. 19, 2018 4:16 PM
Updated: Mar. 19, 2018 6:23 PM

Douglas County, OR. -- Children from Days Creek Charter School in South Douglas County lent a helping hand to the Bureau of Land Management in planting thousands of trees.

This day of planting is part of the Days Creek school’s monthly day of service.

About 50 kids from kindergarten to fourth grade teamed up with high school mentors, grabbed their buckets and trees, and started planting.

This area was impacted by the Horse Prairie Fire, but the kids will also be working in the areas damaged by the Stouts Creek Fire.

Both fires burned about 64,000 acres total.

The family that donated this piece of land is thrilled to see the kids pitching in.

“When we bought this property, we wanted it to be for more than just us. So, this is really neat to see all these kids here enjoying this today. It’s really a blessing to us,” said Rob Schornstein.

One of their teachers said the planting helps give the kids a better perspective of the aftermath of these fires.

Shari Ellis said, “All of our kids have experienced fires, basically on a yearly level. So, they know what the fire is like. And it’s really cool for our kids to be out here and seeing the effects of that and what they can do to help.”

And the kids said they’re having fun and enjoy giving back.

“Yes, it makes me feel good, because trees help you because they give you new homes and they help you breathe,” said elementary student Elysium Pickett.

The trees they planted were donated by Lone Rock Resources and Roseburg Resources.

They are a mix of fir, Western Red cedar, Ponderosa pine, and some hardwood species.

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