Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to join him, Rousseau Elementary students and the City's Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating Arbor Day 2011. A public celebration is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at the school, 3701 S. 33rd St. In case of bad weather, the celebration will be in the school gym.
Mayor Beutler will read an Arbor Day proclamation, and the Rousseau students will perform songs and recite poems. Students and teachers will then help plant 20 trees at the school and at the adjoining Bishop Heights Park. They will be assisted by volunteers from the Lincoln Electric System (LES) and the Arbor Day Foundation, members of the Community Forestry Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation staff and the department's mascot Parker Rex.
The trees will be planted in observance of Arbor Day's 139th anniversary and in recognition of the Re Tree Nebraska program, a campaign to plant one million trees in Nebraska by 2017.
The trees are being sponsored by LES, Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Campbell's Nursery and Great Plains Nursery are providing the trees at wholesale cost for the event.
Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2011 is April 29. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.