Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can be saved when the plants are donated.
Lawrence Landscape is helping to beautify the city’s two high school campuses with 50 trees at each site.
“I’m a mom, so we wanted shade when we sit at the baseball games,” said Mickey Stremel, who works on sales and design for the company. “I really wanted shade. At the end of the (tree) season, there’s so many trees that come to a point where we can’t use them anymore.”
The idea to donate the trees sprouted from there, along with getting Pine Family Farms to donate mulch, and drafting parents and student-athletes to help with other materials and manpower.
“It’s going to do a lot of things for us — provide shade, shelter,” said Tom Bracciano, the district’s division director of facilities and operations. “We’re also required to put them in as part of our landscape plan, so budgetarily, it’s going to help us out quite a bit.”
Lawrence school board approved the donation at its meeting on Nov. 23.
“We just need to spruce up the other parts of our campus, and Lawrence Landscape was very generous in giving us a donation of trees,” Superintendent Rick Doll said.
At Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive, trees are going in near the baseball and soccer fields. And at Lawrence High School, 1901 La., the trees will be near the baseball field and along 21st Street.
Both the parents of student athletes and the schools will benefit — the trees will save the district money and give parents a break from the sun while watching their kids on the fields.
“These trees are very nice-sized trees,” Stremel said. “They’re going to be very enjoyable, put out a lot of shade immediately.”
Free State athletes planted their trees Saturday. Lawrence High’s are scheduled to be put in next Saturday.