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Volunteers plant new trees at Storybook Island

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Storybook Island got the royal treatment on Saturday as volunteers helped plant trees for Earth Day.

More than 165 volunteers and students from 13 different organizations helped spruce up the popular attraction and replace trees lost during last October’s blizzard.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology hosted the event. Public relations officer Dani Doran said the event means a lot to the community and to Storybook Island. She says it also helps students give back to the community.

"I think it's not only incredibly important, with it being Earth Day, to help promote these types of sustainable practices and really give their time to beautify a landscape that is important to the community. But it's also important for our student to be in the community, to serve the community that has given so much to them," Doran said.

Doran said each year the school has a program called “Recyclemania” that is dedicated to promoting sustainable practices on campus.

She said they want to begin incorporating service projects into the program each year.

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