Written by Press Staff Writer
Thursday, 24 September 2009 14:30
She’ll be missed
To the editor: Betty Carstensen’s recent passing has saddened the Oregon-Jerusalem community. She will be missed in her leadership role in the schools.
Her passions also included conservation and trees. For nearly 30 years, she visited every first grade classroom in the district, giving each student a white pine seedling for planting in their own yards. She taught them how to plant and care for their new trees. She taught them the importance of trees to the eco-system. She obtained the seedlings through the Lucas County Soil Conservation Agency, of which she was a longtime trustee.
Some years, she dressed in a pine tree costume while making her presentations. The “Tree Lady” gave nearly 10,000 first graders seedlings.
To our knowledge, she never missed a single Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony during Oregon’s 15 years as an official Tree City. The Arbor Day program that will be held next April will center around her tree-related activities.
Plans are also being made for a special living memorial tree in her memory at the new Coy Elementary School in late October.
Those who have the “Tree Lady’s” trees still growing in their yards might take a moment to remember. Others might wish to plant a tree in her memory.
Oregon Tree Commission