In celebration of National Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, 2017 the Mundelein Public Works and Engineering staff has teamed up with Washington School for a special event and tree planting ceremony. Mayor Steve Lentz will be on-hand to read an Arbor Day proclamation to an audience of second grade students, parents, teachers, school district and Village staff. Members of the community are also welcome to attend the event, scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. Prior to the event, the Village’s Public Works staff will coordinate the planting of a tree on the school property, compliments of the Village of Mundelein.
Additionally, the Public Works staff will share a brief history on Arbor Day, facts about the tree planted, and how to take care of trees and emphasize the important role trees play in our lives and the world around us. The presentation will conclude with some comments by Village staff about the history of Arbor Day and environmental benefits of planting trees as well as distributing saplings for each of the students to plant at home.
“We have teamed up with Washington School for Arbor Day for the last several years and I am very pleased to be part of this collaboration. This type of event provides us with an opportunity to teach our younger generation about the value of being a good steward of the environment. The Arbor Day event is a fun way to learn about the importance of caring for our urban forest,” said Steve Lentz, Mayor.
To make the Arbor Day Celebration even more fun and interactive for the students, the second grade teachers are coordinating an essay and coloring contest. The teachers have asked their students to create a drawing depicting what Arbor Day represents to them and draft a corresponding essay. Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the top three winners.
The Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972 on the Centennial Anniversary of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, has grown to become the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. The Foundation’s Mission: We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.