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Town of Manlius, village of Fayetteville awarded 2013 Tree Cities

Municipalities held Arbor Day celebrations at Fayetteville schools

Preschool children at Creative Environment Day School in Fayetteville each got to take home a seedling to plant on Arbor Day.

Preschool children at Creative Environment Day School in Fayetteville each got to take home a seedling to plant on Arbor Day. Allie Wenner

Village of Fayetteville

Students at Creative Environment Day School kicked off their Arbor Day with a school-wide ceremony held by the village of Fayetteville during the morning of April 26.

The event began with Fayetteville trustee Mike Small proclaiming Arbor Day 2013 throughout the village and was followed by a presentation of the village’s 13thTree City Award and flag by forester John Graham of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Graham said Tree City awards are given to communities that maintain a high level of commitment to their trees.

“To be recognized as a Tree City, a community has to have a tree board, an ordinance about trees, spend at least $2 per person in the community on trees and have an Arbor Day ceremony,” said Graham.

From the toddler class to the kindergarteners, all Creative Environment students made Arbor Day paper headgear for the event. The children sang “God Bless America,” “This Land is Your Land” and an original Arbor Day song under the direction of their music teacher, Mr. Songflower. The children practiced the songs and learned all about trees this week in class.

“My favorite thing about trees is that they make paper,” said four year old Alex Ovadia. “With paper I can draw and write.”

Village trustee Dennis Duggleby read the whole school a book called “Be a Friend to Trees.” The children then each had the chance to take home their own seedlings, which were provided by the village’s tree commission.

Town of Manlius

The town of Manlius held its celebration later in the day at Mott Road Elementary School. Students and elected officials packed the gym for an assembly which featured presentations and songs by students in each grade as well as the Arbor Day Proclamation, which was read by town supervisor Ed Theobald. This is the ninth year that the town of Manlius has won a Tree City award.

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