On Friday, Canyon Ridge ASB students made a lasting impression on their campus when they planted a four-foot high sapling that eventually will become a mighty 75-foot-tall California Sycamore.


"Earth Day had past, so we thought we'd make it up on Arbor Day," said senior T.J. Lewis. It's giving back to the environment, and it was a lot of fun doing it."


The brainchild of teacher Tracy Zollner, the students bought the tree at a local Home Depot. Then, on Friday the group dug a hole in a grassy area near the school's basketball court, and one by one students shoveled dirt on top followed by a gentle watering.


"We're going to have a nice shade tree for future students," said ASB advisor Stephanie Nicholl.


"It's a new beginning," said student Jasmine Thompson, who performed most of the tree watering duties.


Lewis, who is passing all of his classes since enrolling in the Canyon Ridge alternative education program, agrees with Thompson's philosophical take on the project.


"It's going to be a memory. The tree represents the growth of the students at Canyon Ridge High School."