Students plant trees at cemetery

Published: Oct. 14, 2016 at 7:01 PM CDT
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Fourth-graders from Howard Kennedy Elementary learned a few lessons on a visit Friday to Omaha's oldest cemetery, Prospect Hill.

Not only did the class learn about native plants like the bur oak tree, they also got their hands dirty by planting trees. Having the cemetery as a backdrop for a field trip also served as an opportunity for a history lesson.

"I'm showing my students where Levi Carter is buried, we're talking about Anna Wilson, we're talking about families who founded Omaha, started Omaha, what they did, why we're here," said teacher Keri Fredrickson.

The tree-planting event was put on by Keep Omaha Beautiful and the 20 trees planted were donated by Hy-Vee.