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Charlottesville First-Graders Hit the Park for Arbor Day

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Some students at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville were able to ditch the classroom and head outside Friday.  The students got to break free for the afternoon at Charlottesville's Riverview Park, where five learning stations were set up for Arbor Day.

First-grade students learned about different kinds of trees and bark. 

"Some people celebrate Arbor Day and some don't and the ones that do find it a really special holiday," said student Jaya Vaidhyanathan. 

Arborists and other tree experts were on hand to answer questions. Students learned the steps for planting a tree. Each student got a chance to shovel up dirt and be a part of the process. 

Talent development teacher Cindy Cartwright says springtime is the right time to bring the students to the park.

"It's one of the best times to come and actually see the flowers on the trees and the seeds starting to form, leaves coming out," Cartwright said.

After the first-graders learned about dozens of different trees they took a stab at drawing one of their own. It was a chance to be artistic and apply what they've learned at the same time.

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