Arbor Day is April 26, 2013

“When it’s hot, trees give shade that hits the spot!”

Tree to be planted at Bettes School for first place prize


        April 22, 2013- Why is it important for Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB), in partnership with the City of Akron, to empower fourth grade students to plant their own seedlings on Arbor Day? Teacher Joanne Yarnell and her fourth graders at Bettes School wrote their winning ten word slogan by reflecting on the fundamental roles that trees play in conserving humans’ use of energy. A panel of four judges chose that slogan as the best one submitted out of 24 in 2013. Suncrest Gardens will be donating a tree to be planted at the school located at 1333 Betana Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44310. On Friday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. Mayor Don Plusquellic will be presenting a Proclamation and award certificate to Principal David Brown at the school tree planting ceremony on the Bettes School campus.

            Pam Ray, Education Specialist for Keep Akron Beautiful delivered 55 classroom presentations about the origin and importance of this national holiday to fourth grade classes in public, private and charter schools in Akron. The second place winning slogan, “We take care of trees…they take care of us!” was composed by a class at Betty Jane CLC, under the leadership of teacher Shelly Partis. R.B. Stout will be installing a donated tree at 10:00 a.m. on their campus located at 444 Darrow Road, Akron, Ohio 44305, under the watchful eye of Principal Kim Summers. Ward 6 Councilman Bob Hoch has been invited.

            “Trees are cool, they help us use less fossil fuel” was the third place winner, written by the fourth grade class of Mike Dunn at Windemere CLC, 2283 Windemere Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44312. Principal Marla Knabel is working with Vizmeg Landscaping to select the appropriate tree to plant on their school grounds for the 1:45 p.m. tree planting. Ward 6, Bob Hoch has also been invited to this tree planting. Anne Armao, KAB Board of Directors was a judge this year, along with Sarah Vradenburg, Community Volunteer, Jon Malish, City Engineering Department and Sam Salem School Principal, Darcy Forshee-Candido.

            The nonprofit agency, Keep Akron Beautiful thanks the Engineering Department of the City of Akron for the assistance in selecting 2,500 Dog Wood seedlings to give to each public, charter and private school fourth grade student in the city to commemorate Arbor Day. Jon Malish, one of the City’s Arborists, will assist with the packing of the seedlings in SoilMoist donated by JRM Chemical of Cleveland. They are delivered to the schools by KAB volunteers on April 25, 2013.

The City of Akron was awarded its 18th Tree City Award by the Arbor Day Foundation. Ohio has more certified Tree Cities than any other state! We hope the fourth grade students learn to respect living things as they nurture their tree and watch it grow through the years in their own backyard!