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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Retiring teacher honored with tree planting

See what a nice way to honour a retiring teacher

CHARLESTON — Paula Pogue admitted that the tree that was planted at her school Friday was something special, and not just because it was in her honor.

The Jefferson Elementary School fourth-grade teacher said the planting meant more to her because of spot on which the tree was planted. It was not only just outside the section of the school where the fourth-grade classes are located, but Pogue also mentioned that there had been several trees in the area but they were cut down to make room for the school’s new gym a few years ago.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said, just after helping some of the school’s students shovel dirt into the hole where the tree was planted. “How fitting that it’s in this area.”

Pogue’s retiring this year after more than 30 years of teaching in the Charleston school district. Most of that time has been at Jefferson, where she’s led several environmentally related lessons and projects. That’s why Friday’s planting, one of three the Charleston Tree Commission did at city schools in honor of Arbor Day in Illinois, was dedicated to her.

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This is the Halebidu temple in Karnataka

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