A group of ASB students left their mark on Canyon Ridge when they planted an African Sumac sapling on a strip of grass.


"Ten years from now that tree will be there," said Bill Pittsford, principal of the alternative education school. "You'll be able to bring your kids here and see a tall tree. It's supposed to be a really cool shade tree."


The tree was planted on Earth Day as reminder to students of the importance of protecting the environment.


"It means taking care of earth, stopping polluting the world, recycling and stop killing so many trees," student Candie Padilla said.


"The tree means peace, unity and hard work," according to Cheyenne Williams.


"It reminds us to keep the earth clean," added Devante Anderson.


"The students are trying to give back to their school," said ASB advisor Tracy Zollner. "We don't have a lot of shade here. It's a way to beautify the school and give a small thing back."


ASB students who participated in the tree planting included Devante Anderson, Richard Hernandez, Omar Strawder, Jessulyn Matias, Tracy Zollner, Damar Strawder, Candie Padilla and Cheyenne Williams.