« PreviousContinue »
noble, or a more patriotic monument than a tree planted by the hands of pure and joyous children, as a memorial of his achievements ?"
"Oh! Rosalind, these trees shall be my books,
Seventh Pupil. “There is something unspeakably cheerful in a spot of ground which is covered with trees, that smiles amidst all the rigors of winter, and gives us a view of the most gay season in the midst of that which is the most dead and melancholy."
But I in June am midway to believe
Tenth Pupil. “Trees have about them something beautiful and attractive even to the fancy. Since they cannot change their plan, are witnesses of all the changes that take place around them; and as some reach a great age, they become, as it were, historical monuments, and, like ourselves, they have a life growing and passing away, not being inanimate and unvarying like the fields and rivers. One sees them passing through various stages, and at last, step by step, approaching death, which makes them look still more like ourselves.”
6. READING OR DECLAMATION.
8. ADDRESS. “Our School-houses and our Homes,
How to beautify them.” (Note. Any other appropriate subject may be selected.)
BRIEF ESSAYS. By different scholars.
Favorite Tree is the Oak," and give reasons.
Favorite State Tree?" 13. READING OR RECITATION. 14. SONG. 15.
ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL “Shade-Tree Plant
ing Association.” (See suggestions under this head elsewhere.) (Note. The scholars should at least appoint
a committee to serve for a year to see that
trees planted are properly cared for.) 16. SONG.
PROGRAMME AT THE TREE Suggestions: Arriving at the place designated for the planting of a tree, everything should be found in readiness by previous preparation, in order that there may be no delay. By arrangement, the tree should be dedicated to some particular person as may have been decided. It would be well to have printed or painted on tin or wood, and attached to the tree, the name of the person to whom it is dedicated.
After a marching song has been sung on the way to the tree, the following order of exercises is suggested:
1. PLACE THE TREE CAREFULLY IN POSITION.
(See 5, below). (Note. When advisable, the tree may be placed
in position in advance of the exercises.) 2. SONG 3. A brief statement by the teacher or another
concerning the person to whom the tree is
dedicated. 4. When practicable - recital of quotations from
the writings of the person thus honored. 5. Let each pupil in the class, or such as may be
designated, deposit a spadeful of earth. 6. SONG.
(Note. Where impracticable to plant trees
shrubs, vines or flowers may be substituted. A flower bed may be laid out, and vines set in or seeds planted.)