Aledo has its own "Tucker Woods"

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Apollo Elementary's forest was recently named "Tucker Wood." From left are Chris Swanson, Alan Boucher, Tom Tucker and Bill Fleuette.

Tom Tucker was commended during the Apollo Arbor Day Catch Carnival Friday, April 24, 2009. Apollo teachers and volunteers from the Exchange Club, Key Club, Health Department's Catch Program, YMCA, A.J. Schroeder and parents were all present to enjoy the festivities and wish Tucker congratulations.

All in honor of Arbor Day, the carnival began with games then on for a walk through the forest to learn about the importance of planting trees. Chris Swanson, Apollo fifth grade teacher, ordered 200 trees which were distributed between planting in the forest and taking home with interested participants.

Swanson's speech acknowledged Tucker's contribution: "... after snow drifts blew as high as the building's roof, Mr. Tucker planted a wind block of pine trees along the north and west sides. From 1969 to his retirement in 2002, his students had been planting trees through his ecology lessons." 

In gratitude for his years of hard work and love of nature, the school dedicated the area to him by naming it Tucker Woods.