The Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated Tree Planting Week with third grade students in local schools on Feb. 21 and 28.

Erica Fortenberry with the Neshoba County Soil and Water Conservation District and Jeff Wilson with the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission visited the third grade classes of both Neshoba Central Elementary and Philadelphia Elementary.

Tree Planting Week is celebrated in February each year and was established in 1974 as an annual event to recognize the importance of trees.

Students from Philadelphia Elementary and Neshoba Central Elementary participated in activities teaching them why trees are so important to our environment as well as the economic importance of the forestry industry.

Over 380 third grade students received a loblolly pine seedling and educational material, which was donated by the Neshoba Soil and Water Conservation District, to take home.