DANVERS, MA — In celebration of Arbor Day, and to honor a 34-year veteran custodian who recently retired from Great Oak Elementary School
, students planted a cherry tree in the school''s front lawn, according to the Salem News
Bob Palardy, who worked at several Danvers Public School District
buildings throughout his career, was greeted and cheered on by some 360 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, the story stated.
Great Oak Principal Matthew Fusco said: "You guys are part of history because today we are going to dedicate this tree to our former custodian and my good friend Bob Palardy. He called me skipper and I called him cap, and he called me other names but we''ll keep that between us."
The celebration and the Kwanzan cherry tree were paid for by the Forestry Division and the Danvers Garden Club
, the story noted.
Students looked up to Palardy, and they inspired him to be a role model, the story added.