Lions Clubs worldwide were busy planting trees in April in recognition of Earth Day and Highland Heights members figured a school would be a good place for a local contribution.
Larry Nudelman, secretary of the Highland Heights Lions Club said the idea was to involve first-graders in the project so the students can learn about trees and follow the progress of the four white pines that were planted on Friday.
"They can see it for the next five years that they're here and they can come back while they're in high school," he said.
Club member Jeanette Evans used the opportunity to talk to Millridge Elementary School's four first-grade classes about the importance of trees.
"We get our oxygen from the trees," she told the students, who eagerly volunteered to shovel dirt around the seedlings.
Evans said the site, a barren area of land just west of the school building, looked like "it was made for the trees."
Those four trees are only a small part of the worldwide Lions Clubs contribution – about 6.7 million trees had been planted as of March 1 and about half of those were in India. Lions Clubs International President Wing-Kun Tam encouraged Lions everywhere to plant trees to beautify and heal the planet.
"He wanted to get all of the Lions Clubs to plant trees for Earth Day," Nudelman said.