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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Students and teachers at Emerson Elementary School celebrated the school’s 100th anniversary in a unique way by going green and planting 100 trees and various plants to mark the historic event.

Along with the Arizona Sustainability Alliance, guests enjoyed the outdoor fair on Sunday morning with music, food and of course gardening. The event also included a health fair, where students are encouraged to pursue careers in the health field.

The students planted different types of desert-adapted plants, including desert willows, Chilean mesquite, and more. Emerson manager Nick Lodato says the event teaches kids about community service and empowers alumni to get involved in the cause.

The day-long event featured clay bowls and other pottery for sale to raise money to help starving people in Arizona.

“Community service is, in part, our raison d’être. Bringing people together in the community. Looking around you see families, children, teachers, staff from the last 30, 40 years; there has alumni all over the place that reconnect after years and years. And it’s really fun to be a part of that,” Lodato said.

Among the former students was Perla Rodriguez, who now has two daughters who are dating Emerson. Rodriguez says it’s a special feeling to know that her daughters go to the same school she attended. “I always tell them stories about what I’ve done here. They love to hear all the stories, and a lot of teachers are always there, so it’s a good feeling,” Rodriguez said.

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