The grounds crew of Berea College’s facilities management hosted an Arbor Day tree planting on April 9. With the help of volunteers, 20 new oaks, maples and other flowering trees were planted on campus to replace those trees that were destroyed during two summer droughts and this winter’s ice storm. “The last couple of years have been tough on some of the larger trees on campus,” said grounds coordinator Matthew Partain. “The grounds team feels that it is important not only to renew a Berea College tradition of Arbor Day recognition and tree planting, but to give the students, faculty and staff a chance to participate and learn in the process.”
Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.