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Rain Does Not Stop Annual Arbor Day Tradition

April 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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A flash thunderstorm didn’t keep Tech Activities Board from hosting their annual “Arbor Day” planting tradition April 24.

The event, which started at 11 a.m., moved into the Student Union Ballroom after lightning, thunder and rain threatened the outdoor event around noon.

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Caitlin Burns, a freshman psychology major, celebrated her first Arbor Day as a TAB member.

“We congregated into here and we should move back outside since it’s sunny now,” Burns said.

Students could plant their own plant in a mason jar to take home while listening to music by Rebecca Moreland, an acoustic pop artist from San Antonio, Texas.

Many students waited in long lines for free t-shirts and food.

“They can come and plant plants and get a whole bunch of free stuff, free food,” Burns said. “Just enjoy the experience, it’s a really big deal here.”

The organizations that sign up to plant already have all the things they need to successfully plant their plots, thanks to an early morning set-up by Grounds Maintenance.

“We come in early the day of,” Claude Gibson, a grounds maintenance worker said. “We get everything loaded on trucks and we go around campus and set everything down.”

Gibson said his favorite part of Arbor Day is seeing students planting.

“I think it’s a good thing for the students to get involved and see what we do for planting,” he said.

Though Arbor Day for most students means free food and shirts, many students said they think it is important for Tech to celebrate the planting tradition and focus on being sustainable.

“Sustainability is really important, just for the environment and what not,” Nathan Mccarty, a Junior vocal performance major said. “This is a huge institution, so if we don’t actually participate in sustainable practices, that’s a lot of waste and there’s no need for that.”

“It raises a lot of awareness,” Burns said. “Being ‘green’ is always a responsibility. It’s a necessary thing to do.”

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