Arbor Day

Socorro County Commissioners Ray Martinez (red shirt) and Manuel Anaya (dark shirt) dig in to help plant trees at San Antonio Elementary School.

Mother Nature graced San Antonio Elementary School with plenty of sunshine as it celebrated Arbor Day with the planting of three trees in its front yard.

Teacher John Ray Dennis said the community was blessed two years ago with a new school.

However, in the construction project landscaping was cut in order to stay within budget.

“HB Construction did a wonderful job of cost analysis, cost cuts and were able to give us a new home,” said Dennis. “We started with a blank canvas. Over the past few years we have done some pretty awesome things to our back play area. We have had over 50 trees donated by families as well as Socorro Soil and Water Conservation.

The kids, staff, and parents helped get those in the ground and we are starting to see the fruits of our labor.”

With the help of Superintendent Ron Hendrix, the school does a have a little green up front and a place the kids and learn a play together.

“We have done a lot but there is still much to do. With the generosity of Socorro County and its commissioners, we will be able to do even more,” Dennis said.

On Friday, April 26, Socorro County Commissioners presented the school with a $5,000 check to help with landscaping efforts. In turn, the school planted three cottonwood trees in their honor. A plaque in front of the trees will recognize the county’s contribution.

Members of the school’s garden club told the county commissioners how grateful they were for their contribution and even gave the commissioners a tour of the many garden club projects already completed in the school’s backyard.