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Pike students have been instrumental in creating Buddy’s Trail including Cooper Johnston (left) and many others, including parents and citizens. They need help this Saturday to complete more projects so the trail can officially open on Earth Day.

Buddy’s Trail Work Day is Feb. 18

Don’t miss the Buddy’s Nature Trail Work Day this Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon to help complete a natural learning environment for local children and citizens to enjoy. Meet at the nature trail at Pike County Elementary School behind the fourth and fifth grade playground at 607 Pirate Drive in Zebulon. To sign up, search Buddy’s Nature Trail on facebook, click on the cover photo of the event and scan the QR code.

“Buddy’s Trail is in danger of not meeting our deadline to open on April 22 (Earth Day). The rain has us delayed, but not dismayed. Please come out and support a great cause for our school and the community.”

This trail will be for everyone, so come show it some love,” said PCES teacher Ashley Wright.
“We will be checking off a list that includes finishing installing landscape timbers, clearing areas for native plants, filling in holes on the trail, and spreading 1,350 bags of mulch along the trail. We’ll be providing snacks and drinks. Hope to see you there!”

Other items that need to be completed include installing a mailbox at the front of the trail and installing Purple Martin birdhouses.

The opening day for Buddy’s Nature Trail will be on Earth Day Saturday, April 22 at a special event from 10 a.m. to noon. PCES principal Dr. Melissa Smith and assistant principal Allison Peabody will supervise the cutting of the ribbon by coach Buddy Brown’s family since it is dedicated to his legacy of love and positivity that he shared with every child that knew him.

“In that same spirit, we want to come together and congratulate the kids on all their hard work and dedication in leaving their own legacy for other kids to enjoy for years to come,” said Wright. “We also want to thank the business owners, donors, experts, professionals and volunteers in and around the community who have made this trail a reality. Please come out and celebrate Earth Day with your PCES family and friends. We can’t wait to blaze a new trail with you!”

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