Trees donated to Ellis Arts Academy
Twelve trees were planted at Ellis Arts Academy, 220 S. Central Ave., on Thursday, May 1, through a joint effort of the City of Gardens, ComEd, and the Rockford Park District. A press conference was held at 11 a.m. May 1 at the school.
The trees, donated by ComEd include four Bradford Pear, four flowering crab, three flowering plum, and one Linden tree. They were planted around the schools natural amphitheater just to the northwest of the schools main entrance with the help of the Rockford Park District and the assistance of third grade students at Ellis.
The amphitheater is large enough to handle the entire student population at Ellis and is naturally terraced so all students get a good view.
Ruth Miller, director of the City of Gardens for the Park District Foundation, coordinated the project. The mission of the City of Gardens is to foster civic pride and to enhance the attractiveness of the Rockford area by promoting beautification of public and private spaces. The Ellis site was selected because of the schools desire to enhance its campus for the enjoyment of students and the neighborhood, Miller indicated.
Lining the perimeter with trees and bushes could enhance this facility and give the audience relieving shade for afternoon events, said Paul Callighan, external affairs manager for ComEd. There are many great projects being undertaken in the Ellis neighborhood, and ComEd is pleased to be a part of this endeavor, he added.
In conjunction with the planting, students learned about the importance of trees in everyday life.
For information on the City of Gardens, call Ruth Miller at 987-1689.