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Campus marks Earth Day with tree-planting ceremony

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pictured: Hood College students Doug Raftery and Kayla Dunaway, Catherine Lonas of the Hood College facilities department, student Khyle Ball, Vice President Michael Weiss of Weiss Brothers Paper of Hagerstown, and Hood College President Ronald J. Volpe at the Earth Day tree planting, April 19, 2012, between Shriner and Meyran halls.

FREDERICK, Md.—A weeklong celebration of Earth Day included a tree-planting ceremony Thursday, April 19 at noon at Hood College.

Members of the Hood community gathered between Meyran and Shriner residence halls to plant a Thornless Honey Locust—similar to other trees in that area of the campus— donated by Weis Brothers. The Brickman Group, a landscape and turf care company that services Hood’s landscape needs, donated the labor and Frederick Sign and Banner contributed a recognition plaque.

Hood’s Hood Environmental Advocacy Team student club organized numerous other Earth Day activities, including a residence hall recycling contest and a trail cleanup in Catoctin State Park. To mark the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement, more natural and environmentally friendly foods were served throughout the week in the dining hall.