Ocean Springs school plants trees to encourage students

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX-TV) - When the weather warms up, a coast school wants to give its students a spot in the shade during recess. That's why on Saturday volunteers planted more than two dozen trees at Pecan Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs.

Replant South Mississippi donated the oak, magnolia, cypress and red maple trees. Members of the Parent Teacher Organization say the trees were needed for two reasons, to give the playground much needed shade and to teach children about the importance of trees.

Laura Bowie of the Pecan Park P.T.O. said "It's important for kids to help us plant these trees. They'll understand about how trees provide green infrastructure. Not only do they provide shade on the playground, but they also provide filtration for storm water. They absorb pollution from the air and from the ground."

"So it's a real educational thing that we're doing out here today too."

School officials say the trees planted today are rapid growth so they should be mature in just a few years.