April 16, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Mayor O'Neal Proclaims Arbor Day April 17

Mayor Jim O’Neal will proclaim Friday, April 17, 2009, as Arbor Day in Springfield. As part of the City’s Arbor Day celebration, an Arbor Day Tree-Planting Ceremony will recognize Hannah Cantrell as the 2009 Springfield Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner. Cantrell is a Disney Elementary Fifth Grade student. In addition to being the citywide first place winner, Miss Cantrell’s poster also won third place in the 2009 Missouri Arbor Day Poster Contest.

This year’s Springfield Arbor Day celebration event will take place at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Disney Elementary, 4100 S. Fremont Ave.

Ceremony participants will include the Mayor O’Neal, Disney Elementary School Fifth Grade teachers and students, the Springfield Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee, Springfield Public Works, the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

After a brief explanation and history of Arbor Day, students will take part in a ceremonial planting of the City’s 2009 Arbor Day commemorative tree. This year’s tree is an Eastern white pine.

As this year’s winning student, Hannah Cantrell will receive a plaque from the Tree City USA Citizens’ Advisory Committee to recognize her achievement, a Springfield Tree Registry certificate naming the tree in her and her teacher’s honor, a gift from the Missouri Department of Conservation, and a tree seedling for her to plant on her own.

For more information, contact: Joe Payne, Public Works Operations Supervisor of Public Grounds, (417) 864-1954.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov