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Village Tree Board, Mayor Shayler, and the fifth grade hold ceremony

Photos and story by Oak Duke

Arbor Day, an annual national holiday to celebrate trees was celebrated in Island Park in Wellsville, Friday April 29, by planting an Autumn Blaze Maple tree and listening to poetry presentations by Wellsville students.

The Wellsville Elementary School Fifth grade attended in full force and planted the young tree with the help of the Wellsville Village Tree Board and the Wellsville Village Public Works Department under sunny blue skies.

Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler was on hand to speak to the fifth graders and read a proclamation that April 29th is declared as Arbor Day in Wellsville.

Wellsville is an official Tree City USA, under the auspices of the National Arbor Day Foundation. The celebration marks the 31st annual planting and was attended by Wellsville Tree Board President Susan Duke, in her 19th year on the board, and Wellsville Village Supervisor of Public Works Dean Arnold.

Fifth Grade teachers included Rachel Gunzburger, Stephanie Viglietta, Dan Allen, and Heather Brubaker supervised their students in the presentations of numerous poems including an introduction by Vanessa Carr, a poem “Trees, Trees, Trees,” by Ayla Long, and Amelia Childs.

Also read was an Arbor Day Acrostic poem by Josh Endza, Alex Slocum, Alexa Dunbar, Jayden Brownell, and Vanessa Carr; a poem “It’s Cool to Hug a Tree” by Vanessa Carr and Coriana McConnell; “In the Shade of a Tree” by Alex Slocum and Alexa Dunbar; and Arbor Day reading by Josh Endza.

And then with three shovels, the Fifth grade class shared the work and helped pile soil carefully around base of the balled maple tree, set in the ground in the center of Island Park by the Village.

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