Beethoven Elementary School, in a move to understand worldwide cultures, partnered with Roots of Peace to adopt Kyleigh School in Mir Botcha Kot, Afghanistan this spring. Children from Beethoven will plant mulberry trees on their playground to celebrate their new sister school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31st, at Beethoven Elementary School, 3711 Beethoven St., Los Angeles.

Organizers plan to plant more than 150 trees on the campus, including the two symbolic mulberry trees. The mulberry trees will be planted in a clearing surrounded by a grove of additional trees to create a natural meeting place for the culturally rich and diverse students of Beethoven.

Earlier this spring, the Afghan children planted mulberry trees at their school to provide shade and a lesson in metamorphosis.

Students also plan to further the relationship between the sister schools by writing journals about themselves and creating scrapbooks to send to Afghanistan.

The tree planting is open to all ages and is accepting donations.

Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization dedicated to eradicating landmines worldwide and rehabilitating the land to make it productive once more.

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