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Posted on: May 8, 2018

Winning entries in City's first Arbor Day essay contest


Appreciation of Trees

By Patrick Hauke, Fifth Grade, Holy Name School

If I am lying beneath a tree, I think about the future of our world. I think about my future, the future of my generation, and the future of my posterity. Trees play a vital role to all of these futures. We all need to preserve trees because they help us in many ways that we take for granted. They provide shelter by giving us wood. Trees also provide food by giving us fruits, such as apples, oranges, and cherries. They also clean the air by turning carbon dioxide into oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. This very paper I am writing on was provided by trees. Our lifestyle would be drastically different without these valuable natural resources.

Trees are a reliable source of oxygen for our environment. One large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide. This means trees are vital resources to us and our daily lives.

Trees also provide lessons to teach kids. An example of this is the myth of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree when he was young. This made children try to act in young Washington's image and always tell the truth. This strengthens the children's maturity and honesty.

Trees also provide us with fruits and nuts vital to our health. For example, apples are great sources of vitamins A, B, and C. Vitamin A helps your eyesight, vitamin B gives you energy, and vitamin C helps your skin. Nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, are great sources of dietary fiber. In short, these foods are essential to our health.

In conclusion, trees are crucial assets to our daily lives. They provide oxygen to our air and they provide us with many vitamins good for our health.

Appreciation of Trees

By Alton Berger, Fifth Grade, Holy Name School

If I'm lying beneath a tree, I think about how much trees do for the world. Trees give us many things. These include food, oxygen (O), and shelter. Earth wouldn't be the same without trees. We wouldn't have timber for houses if it weren't for trees. Trees are very important in history, too. An example of this was when Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell from a tree. Trees also absorb harmful gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO). Trees are also an important part in our food chain. Without producers like trees we would not have animal foods like steak, and herbivorous animals would go extinct because of nothing to eat. Trees do many things for us.

Trees make our homes and a lot more household items. Cabinets, stairs, pencils, paper, and even the foundation of our homes are given to us by trees. Trees have a major impact on our household and daily items.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can kill you in minutes. Trees can help very much in this situation. Trees absorb the gas and produce oxygen for us to breath in. There would be a lot more harmful gases like carbon monoxide in the world if trees didn't absorb it.

An important part of history is the discovery of gravity by none other than Sir Isaac Newton. Trees are the reason we know and learn about the gravity of Earth. Without trees an apple would never have fallen on Newton. Gravity is a very important factor of the science of Earth.

As you can see, trees have done numerous things for us in the past, the present, and the coming future. Trees play a significant role in our daily lives. Without trees, the world would be very distant.