With the help of students, a new tree was planted in front of Chloe Clark Elementary in DuPont on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in celebration of the one-hundred fortieth anniversary of Arbor Day.
One by one, this year’s class of third grade students tossed dirt into the hole surrounding the new maple tree, donated by the DuPont Lions Club.
The ceremony included a brief history of Arbor Day, presented by DuPont City Councilman and Tree Board member John Ehrenreich. He told the story about how in 1872, more than a million trees were planted in the state of Nebraska celebrating Arbor Day.
Brief presentations were also given by Steilacoom Historical School District Superintendent Bill Fritz and DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum. Joining them to help plant the tree were State Senator Mike Carrell, Chloe Clark Elementary Principal Gary Yoho, members of the DuPont Lions Club, the DuPont Tree Board, city council members and city staff.
In true Washington fashion, mother nature provided the newly planted tree a drink of water at the end of the ceremony.
More photos from the April 26 Arbor Day ceremony are posted on SPSN’s photo page.