Tree-mendous Arbor Day Celebration

Monday, April 23, 2012 by

Tree-mendous Arbor Day Celebration

RPS 205 Elementary Schools

Celebrate Arbor Day all Week

Celebration Culminates with Tree-mendous Event on Friday

April 19, 2012… To many children, trees are valued for shade on a hot day and maybe a good branch to hang from. The last week in April, however, 5900 students from 25 RPS 205 elementary schools will learn to appreciate much more about trees during a weeklong “Arbor Day for Rockford Schools” celebration organized by Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden as part of its Community Trees Program.

Students at participating schools will learn about the trees in their community and how to protect them through engaging, educational activities all week long. They will also learn how trees grow and will help plant a tree on school grounds. The weeklong activities culminate with a “Tree-mendous Arbor Day” celebration event at Haskell Elementary.

“It is easy to take trees for granted,” said John Richards, Arborist and Immediate Past President of Klehm. “If we can instill a sense of stewardship in these kids at a young age, they’ll be able to help keep the trees in their communities valued and protected for generations to come.”

Dozens of knowledgeable volunteers from 21 non-profit organizations, public agencies, and businesses throughout the city will help each school with learning activities and tree planting and care. Organizing partners include the City of Rockford, Commonwealth Edison, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Rockford Park District, and Winnebago County. The activities are sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Gambino Realtors, Commonwealth Edison and private donors.

The media is invited to attend the “Treemendous Arbor Day” event at Haskell Elementary, 515 Maple Street, Rockford on Friday, April 27 beginning at 10:00 A.M. Several officials from the City of Rockford and RPS will be in attendance, including Mayor Morrissey and Interim Superintendant Dr. Willis. Photo opportunities are available at participating elementary schools between 8:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. April 23-27

Media Contact: Edith Makra

630.327.4193 or 815.965.8146

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