Students of the Westbury Primary planted trees in the St Leonard’s Anglican Church yard today, as the school seeks to strengthen the existing relationship between the two entities.
Principal Rosalind Gittens said the activity titled We Gathering To Plant Our Future was an effort to help cement the relationship between the school and the church. She said the students would be happy to see the trees they planted when they attend church on Tuesdays.
“Our students, they are young, so when they reach Class 4, they will continue to watch their trees as they grow. We hope that the trees will grow and be as strong as we would like the children to grow up and be strong and to plant good roots and build a strong foundation,” Gittens said.
The students, between ages five and ten, appeared to be excited as they planted tree palm trees under the guidance of teachers and the Rector of St Leonard’s Anglican Church Reverend Dr Sonia Hinds.
Reverend Hinds told those gathered for the brief ceremony that the planting of the trees was significant when put in the context of wanting to grow a stronger Barbados. The Reverend reminded the young children who raised their voices to sing the song All Things Bright and Beautiful, that God was the creator of all things, including trees.
Member of Parliament for The City Lt Colonel Jeffrey Bostic was unable to attend the event due to another engagement. However, Bostic’s personal assistant Mark Kellman encouraged the students to take care of the trees they planted. Kellman told the young ones that it was important they followed his advice because one day, they might have the opportunity to show their children or grandchildren the trees in years to come.
“I hope you all will come back ever so often and pour water on the trees and make sure that they can live,” Kellman said. (AH)