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Fairfield Kids Celebrate Arbor Day

Hundreds of kids at Fairfield’s Roger Sherman School began screaming with joy Thursday afternoon. What prompted the eruption? Trees, of course. Fairfield celebrated Arbor Day Thursday with the planting of a new elm on Sherman’s play field. Fifth-graders Nick and Alia had the honor of placing the final shovelfuls of mulch.

Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, celebrates the nation’s foliage. Fairfield has been observing the day for the past five years by planting trees on school lots. This year, Sherman and Riverfield received the honors.

Fairfield has been a proponent of Arbor Day for decades. Twenty-three years ago it became the first Connecticut town to be named a “Tree City U.S.A” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The designation means Fairfield spends at least $2 per citizen a year towards tree planting, in exchange for assistance from the federal government to continue the program.

Missy Beyer, chair of Fairfield’s Forestry Committee, encouraged all the kids to go home and plant trees in their own backyards as well. “Imagine what it would look like in 30 years if we did that,” Beyer said. “I hope every single person walks around and enjoys the serene beauty that these trees give our town.”

Are you doing anything to celebrate Arbor Day? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Photo (L to R): Back Row: Chris Donnelly, state Department of Environmental Protection, Fairfield Tree Warden Ken Placko, Forestry Committee chair Missy Beyer, First Selectman Kenneth Flatto, Sherman principal Eileen Roxbee, Rachel Holmes, state DEP. Front Row: Sherman students.

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