Steward troop works to fulfill Girl Scout Tree Promise

Steward Girl Scout Troop 1870 members that planted a tree on June 20 included Molly Kedzie, Jamie Riddell, Evi O'Rorke, Morgan DeLille, Barbara Palmer, Cora Mickley, Lizzie Hayes, Mayson Smardo and Lizzie Hayes (not pictured).

STEWARD — Steward Girl Scout Troop 1870 worked in coordination with Steward’s Board of Trustees and the Steward Elementary School Board to achieve their Take Action Project and also fulfill their contribution to the Girl Scout Tree Promise. On Monday, June 20, Troop 1870 planted a Ginkgo tree on the Village John Street easement of Steward Elementary School. The troop donated the tree. This project also contributed to Steward’s Tree City status as another tree planted and volunteer hours.

To be a Tree City USA, towns must have a tree board or department, a tree ordinance, spend two dollars per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day. The Village of Steward has accomplished this for the past 18 years.  

This year, Steward held its Arbor Day celebration on Friday April 29 with the Steward Elementary students and staff at Steward United Methodist Church. They learned about the importance of trees, which provide cooler temperatures, cleaner air, higher property values and healthier residents. Tree jokes were shared and a brief history of Arbor Day was given. Students also tried their hand at leaf identification. The school was challenged to achieve Tree Campus K-12, a new designation being offered by Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day tree, an ornamental crabapple, was donated by McCormick’s Nursery and Garden Center in Sterling. It was planted in front of the school by the students. A subsequent tree planting was done by Village volunteers, adding an additional five trees to benefit residents.

Early this spring, resident and Tree Advisory Board Member Tom Ellis purchased and planted a horse chestnut tree in memory of Les Bonnell, who had made many contributions to the village. This tree is on Tyler Avenue easement near the park.

Steward encourages other area cities and villages to investigate becoming Tree City USAs as well! Check out for more information.