FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Tree Warden Jeff Mindor, and the entire Burr Elementary School second grade gathered for a brief ceremony Friday morning to plant a Hornbeam Ironwood tree in honor of Arbor Day in a ceremony inspired by a classmate.
Members of the Forestry Committee and Chris Donnelly from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Forestry Division issued a proclamation in front of the school for Arbor Day, as did Tetreau.
"This stems from a project (second-grader) Evander Prapopulos did back in October," Minder told Daily Voice. "I kept in touch with him and his parents, and decided to extend the project to today.
"This is one of the trees Evander is extremely interested in – the Hornbeam Ironwood tree. I thought it would be a nice gesture to plant the tree. I want him to come in every day and see the tree. You can see the smile it brought to his face."
"i got the idea because its one of the hardest woods in the world," Evander said of the tree. "And to have all the kids and people here to plant the tree is really good."
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