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City of Newnan Celebrates Arbor Day at Elementary Schools

Ashley Copeland, Communications Manager
City of Newnan

Release Date:
March 18, 2019

City of Newnan Celebrates Arbor Day at Elementary Schools

Newnan, GA, March 18 - In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Newnan's Beautification Department, the Newnan Tree Commission and Mayor Keith Brady are visiting each of the City's six local elementary schools to meet with each schools' kindergarten classes to emphasize the value of trees. This is the 18th year the program has been in existence.

"Our hope is that Arbor Day brings the beauty and significance of trees tot he public's attention. Learning at such a young age, and tree planting ceremonies held at the local elementary schools are events that we look forward to each year. The kids are always enthusiastic, and it is a lot of fun," said Mike Furbush, the City's Landscape Architect and Arborist.

During each celebration, Mayor Brady welcomes the students to the Tree Planting Ceremony and introduces special guests. Terry Quigley from the Georgia Forestry Commission, leads an interactive discussion with the students on the importance of trees, different types of trees, and how to plant and care for trees. A tree is then planted on the school grounds in honor of that kindergarten class, and a plaque is installed to commemorate the date and the class. The students are encouraged to help take care of the tree grow as they grow.

Elementary school visits will include Newnan Crossing, Atkinson, Jefferson Parkway, Ruth Hill, Elm Street and Welch. All students are given a small dogwood tree to take home and plant. Smokey Bear, with representatives from the Georgia Forestry Commission, also attends the ceremonies and visits with the children.

Arbor Day is celebrated in Georgia on the third Friday of February.