Morehead State students plant Arbor Day trees

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ)- Morehead State University Students planted trees Wednesday in recognition of Arbor Day.

The Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) music sorority held the tree planting at the former site of Butler Hall.

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Sorority members planted a red maple tree, dogwood trees and decorative shrubs on the site.

The University also donated a commemorative bench.

EmaLee Copeland, a junior from Milton and the SAI service committee chair, said the planting fulfilled the sorority’s community service goal.

“We try to do a couple of service projects each year,” Copeland said. “I was walking back to my dorm and noticed this space wasn’t being used, so I decided to see if we could do something with it.”

Copeland said the sorority raised money to buy the tree, which was specifically chosen to match the sorority’s colors: red and white.

“Since it’s a shade tree, we figured the music students could come out here and sit on the bench under the tree and just relax after a long day,” Copeland said. “We wanted to make this an SAI spot on campus, which is something we haven’t had before. When people see this place, we hope they can find some peace and tranquility on campus, especially during finals and other stressful times of the year.”

Sigma Alpha Iota is the International Music Fraternity founded on June 12, 1903, at the University School of Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their motto is “vita brevis, ars longa” which translates to “life is short; art is long.”

For information on Morehead’s arts programs, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/mtd, email mtd@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2473.

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