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Growing the city, an acorn at a time

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A group of Rocklin fourth-graders recently helped the city grow – literally. The Rock Creek Elementary students planted about 250 acorns that will be planted throughout the city. Despite rainy weather, the students recently took a field trip to Sonora Park, which sits next to the school’s campus, to plant acorns and transplant saplings. Chris Anderson, a fourth-grade teacher at Rock Creek Elementary School, said that her class has been doing this for the past few years. She said this hands-on lesson goes with their life science curriculum as well as giving back to the community. “They get a little bit of understanding on trees, but also how the city works,” Anderson said. Rick Forstall, landscape/facilities manager for the parks and recreation department with the city of Rocklin, showed students a new box that students used for planting. The WaterBoxx uses condensation to distribute small doses of water to the tree inside the box. “This is going to save us a lot of money on irrigation costs and water costs,” Forstall told students. Forstall said the trees will go into Rocklin parks and oat preserves. ~Lauren Gibbs