ReLeaf Arbor Day 2012

The Annual Arbor Day Celebration for the City of Greenville occurred on Friday, April 27, 2012 at St. Peters Catholic School. The City of Greenville and ReLeaf have co-sponsored this event for many years at local schools. 4th and 5th grade students in Pitt County Schools are encouraged to submit essays on the importance of trees in the urban landscape.

This year the winners of the essay contest included Makenzie Holzer, Lakeforest Elementary School; Heaven O'Neal, Lakeforest Elementary School; Aalivia Smith, Elmhurst Elementary School; and Cydney Williams from Lakeforest Elementary School. Each of the essay contest winners read their essay for the audience gathered to celebrate Arbor Day at St. Peters, and received a recognition medal from Charles Ward, chairman of the Arbor Day Committee.

Kevin Heifferon, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the City of Greenville, presented the program on proper planting and care of trees to those assembled. The City of Greenville received its annual Tree City USA award from the North Carolina Forest Service. In addition, ReLeaf member Jon Shaw shared the names of all Commemorative Tree recipients for 2011-2012 with those gathered at the event.