Today 4th grade students at Plainview Intermediate Elementary, 1140 S. Plainview Road, joined the Ardmore Tree Board and the Ardmore Beautification Council in celebrating Arbor Day. A Redbud tree was planted on the school grounds. The students selected a Redbud tree because it is Oklahoma’s State tree.
Dixie Harper, ABC trustee, moderated the event. Julie Altom, Principal, welcomed the group and Harper gave a history of Arbor Day. The students recited a poem about trees, then teacher Marsha Rogers expressed appreciation for the children being selected to participate in the 4th grade Forester Project offered through the National Arbor Day Foundation. Ardmore is recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Ardmore Beautification Council and Plainview Public Schools sponsored the forester program for the students. Each child received an individually packaged evergreen seedlings to plant and care for at their home.
Mayor Keith King presented an Arbor Day Proclamation in commemoration of the day. Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday that originated in Nebraska. Over one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. During the 1870’s, other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day and the tradition began in schools in 1882. Arbor Day is now an international holiday. In Oklahoma Arbor Day is celebrated the last full week of March.