ahstc arbor ahes 1PHOTO: Marilyn Scherfen, Shade Tree Commission co-chairwoman, addresses Atlantic Highlands Elementary School students during ceremonial planting of two sugar maples in the school playground.  Credit: Peter E. Donoghue

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The borough's Shade Tree Commission has planted two trees in honor of the school children of the town.

Commission Co-Chairman Louise I. Donoghue presided over the April 29 -- Arbor Day -- ceremony during which two sugar maple trees were planted in the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School playground. The trees were paid for jointly by the commission and the AHES PTO.

The trees were planted by borough employees with assistance from commission members, school officials and several students. Among school officials on hand were tri-district Superintendent Dr. Susan Compton and AHES Principal Janet Walling as well as Board of Education President Alyison Denzler.

ahstc arbor ahes 2PHOTO: Shade Tree Commission co-chairwoman Louise I. Donoghue shovels soil onto the roots of one the sugar maples planted in the school yard.  Credit: Peter E. Donoghue

The tree-planting was part of the Shade Tree Commission's ongoing program to honor borough residents and others.

Each year the commission also distributes tubelings to local youngsters, this year 320 Norway spruce bought jointly by the Donoghue family in honor of their late son, musician Eric P. Donoghue, and the commission.

The commission also stages a tree-promoting poster contest for the elementary school students, the winners of which will be announced at a June assembly and displayed in the public library in Borough Hall.

Mrs. Donoghue, a former borough councilwoman, also recently addressed a group of youngsters at the public library on the value of trees.

The borough was recently designated a Tree City USA for the 35th straight year by the National Arbor Day Foundation.