MSU students plant trees in memory of WTC victims

Montclair State University students in Ben Schaffer's recreation facilities and recreation leadership classes and members of the University's Recreation Club recently planted more than 40 white pine seedlings in front of Bohn Hall in memory of those lost in the Sept. 11 terrorism attack on the Twin Towers.

The students also installed a five-foot pole with the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," written in English, Japanese, French and German.

Schaffer said the activity not only gave students hands-on experience in professional landscaping, it was an opportunity for them to express their support for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

"After the Sept. 11 incident we talked about what we can do as a class to help," said Schaffer, adding that community involvement is a regular part of his classes.

Schaffer personally bought the three-year-old trees from the New Jersey State Forestry Department. The white pines can grow up to 50 feet.

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