CLARK – Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School’s annual Arbor Day Program paid a special tribute this year to all of the Hehnly School Nurses. First grade Girl Scout Daisy Troop #40537 dedicated a tree and a “Nurses Garden” on the school property to all of the nurses, past and present. The entire student body participated in the program.
The ceremony opened with the flag salute then singing “America the Beautiful”. Each of the 11 first grade scouts read lines from a tribute poem then they completed the ceremonial planting of the redbud tree. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders donated the tree, through Williams Nursery in Westfield, which appropriately has deep red, heart-shaped leaves.
Many of the school nurses were invited to attend the ceremony. Current Hehnly school nurse, Donna Kircher attended as well as substitute nurse, Mrs. Light. Also attending were C. H. Kumpf middle school nurse Mrs. Kolb, and ALJ High School nurse Mrs. Curti. Jennifer Festa represented her late mother, Hehnly School nurse Mrs. Carrea. A thank you letter was read from retired Hehnly school nurse, Mrs. Whichard, who currently resides in Maine.
The program closed with the students and teachers singing “This Land is Our Land”. The girl scouts will continue to care for the tree and its surrounding garden as part of their community service project over the next few years.
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