REDMOND, Wash. -- Trees that brightened up homes during the holidays are now providing shade and protection to Bear Creek in Redmond.

Sixty students from Seattle's Assumption St. Bridget School helped the Adopt a Stream Foundation plant living Christmas trees along the creek Tuesday.

Each year the group rents the trees for people to take home and take care of during the holidays. When it's time to take down the ornaments, the renters return the trees, which are then planted on the banks of area streams.

Students learned about planting trees, protecting salmon and working with classmates all in the same day.

Fifth Grader Kate Leary and her group even named the former Christmas tree they planted. Ruby will help keep the water in Bear Creek cool for resident fish and migrating salmon.

Adopt a Stream workers also taught the students how beavers and other animals depend on trees that have been cleared away from many streams.

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