BHP's "Power of Trees" program
South Dakota School of Mines commemorated its 125th anniversary Thursday (Earth Day) by partnering with Black Hills Power and implemented the "Power of Trees" program. With help from volunteers from BHP and SD Mines, 125 trees were to be planted on the campus of SDSM&T and surrounding areas. (50 on campus and 75 at Black Hills area schools).
Among the many volunteers to help plant the trees Thursday was a large contingent from the SD Mines Hardrocker Athletics Department. Those participating included: Student-athletes, athletic administrative staff as well as coaches who all pitched in to help improve the SDSMT campus and honor Earth Day. The tree plantings all took place on the north edge of campus. The holes were pre-dug in the Surbeck Center parking lot and continued east down St. Joseph Street ending at the far end of the O'Harra Stadium parking lot. Volunteers assisted in making sure the trees were planted correctly.
"This is a tremendous event for our campus, our environment and the future of our planet," said Hardrocker Athletics Director Dick Kaiser. "I am extremely proud of all the student-athletes and coaches who made it a priority to be part of this monumental day. This is the type of activity and participation the SDSMT athletics program wants to continue to bring to our community and our university."