The following circular has beeri addressed to the teachers, guardians, and parents of children attending the public schools of California, by the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Mr Ira G. Hoitt) :— " All will agree that there is no spot on earth that may not be'made more beautiful by the help of trees and flowers. Much has been written and said 'about the wanton destruction of our forests^ and while our schools cannot protect the forests, they may and can train up a generation which will frown upon and rebuke their wanton destruction; a generation which will not leare our mountains, hillsides* and home surroundings treeless. Trees everywhere exert a controlling influence. This fact we know and feel m every day's existence, and every sapling which we plant m our dooryard, or upon the naked sidewalk m front of our dwellings, makes with every spreading branch, expanding leaf, and opening blossom, home pleasanter and our recollections of it and our love for it stronger. Our schools bear a close relation to the family, and we, should not be satisfied till our schoolgrounds, as well as our homes, are such m themselves and their surroundings as shall be attractive and surely tend to strengthen, enoble, and elevate human character. I therefore ..earnestly urge the superintendents m each county and the trustees m each ..district to agree m setting apart one day to be known as the "arbor day," and unite with the teachers and Mends m taking th<d children out oi the schoolrooms and teaching them
how to plant trees, vines, and shrubs, and how to care for them when planted. Let us teach the children to become familiar with trees, to think of their value and to love them. Thus may they be led by nature's hand to noble thoughts and worthy deeds. I sincerely hope that you will unite m an effort to accomplish the object herein suggested. JUet Arbor Day once be inaugurated, and we may succeed m aroußing a sentiment among the people which will make possible an effective remedial legislation m the line of forest laws, such as may be demanded.
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Arbor Day., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
Arbor Day. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890
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