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Tok Kai ParkTeachers, pupils and parents doing their bit by enriching Mother Earth through the mass tree planting project at SJKC Boon Teik in Tokai, Kedah. Besides 125 Tecoma trees, 50 Golden raintrees were also planted at the surrounding of the school’s field. — Photos: G.C. TAN/The Star

Tok Kai Park(The Star)Teachers, pupils and parents doing their bit by enriching Mother Earth through the mass tree planting project at SJKC Boon Teik in Tokai, Kedah. Besides 125 Tecoma trees, 50 Golden raintrees were also planted at the surrounding of the school’s field. — Photos: G.C. TAN/The Star

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Friday, 10 June 2016

A PRIMARY school in Tokai, Kedah, has launched its own community green lung and leisure park by planting 175 trees in the school compound.

More than 100 people comprising pupils, teachers and ex-students of SJKC Boon Teik and members of the school’s parent-teacher association took part in the project recently.

The school’s board of directors chairman Ong Soon Boon said the school was the first in the state to launch the project inside its premises.

“A total of 125 Tecoma trees were planted behind our school while 50 Golden raintrees were planted near the school field,” he said.

Ong said the RM50,000 project began at about 8am and was completed by 1pm on Wednesday.

“The park will be called ‘Tok Kai Park’, named after Lam Tok Kai, a Tokai community leader who donated land to build the school many years ago,” he said, adding that the old jogging trail would also be upgraded.

“It is a small effort by the school to create a green environment for the people of Tokai and for Mother Earth,” stressed Ong.

He said well-wishers paid RM250 each for the Tecoma trees.

“The flowers will blossom in three years time. When the leisure park project is completed, we will open it to the public to spend time closer with nature.”