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'Grow with me tree' program launches in Lafayette

A new program has been planted in Lafayette.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 11:01 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2018 11:05 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A new program has been planted in Lafayette. It's called the 'Grow with Me Tree' program.

The program, run through Tree Lafayette, works toward promoting a healthy community and environment by planting trees all over the city. 

Parents can plant a tree for their newborn child, or in honor of their child, and witness its growth throughout the years.

The idea of the project is as the tree grows, your child grows with it.

Trees can be planted near personal property, or in another area of the city, and there are 10,000 open spaces available to plant. 

Laura Sietsma is the first person to purchase a 'Grow with Me Tree.' Sietsma said it's a good investment for her property as well as the city.

"Trees are important to Lafayette and it's extra special to have a tree that belongs to your own child," Sietsma said. "Something that your family can take extra good care of and pay extra attention to as the seasons change and the years go by."

Vice President of Tree Lafayette Gene Kroeschen said trees provide a great value to the community.

"It's good to make the connection because everybody just sees trees and it doesn't make a connection to a lot of people," Kroeschen said. "This way it makes a very personal connection to a child." 

The cost to participate in the program depends upon the location chosen and the tree that is selected.

Kroeschen says prices range near the $300-$400 range. Details to purchase can be arranged with Tree Lafayette.

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