ReLeaf Arbor Day 2013

It was a perfect Spring day with a dark blue sky and temperature in the low 70's for the 2013 Arbor Day celebration held at South Greenville Elementary School on April 26. From the 142 essays submitted, five students were chosen as winners and four students received honorable mention. Principal Shawnda Cherry welcomed everyone and introduced the essay winners who read their essays and received a ReLeaf medallion. She then introduced the honorable mention students and presented a certificate to each. The families of these students will receive a one-year ReLeaf family membership.

Kevin Barnes, ReLeaf board member and Campus Landscape Architect at East Carolina University, spoke about the importance of trees and landscape in Greenville and complimented the students on their excellent essays and presentations.

Kevin Heifferon, Building and Grounds Superintendent, City of Greenville, and City Aborist, spoke about the importance of trees in Greenville and their proper planting and care. Ten years ago a Willow Oak was planted on Arbor Day at South Greenville and is now 40 feet tall. This year's Willow Oak will be a beautiful companion to the original tree.

The annual Tree City USA Award for Greenville from the North Carolina Forest Service was received by Mr. Heifferon. The South Greenville fourth and fifth grade students, essay winners and honorable mention students planted the new Arbor Day tree.

Greenville city councilwoman Marion Blackburn read a proclamation from Mayor Allen Thomas the declared Friday April 26 as Arbor Day.

2013 Essay Winners
  • Tristan Bulgin – Greenville Christian Academy
  • Rebekah Hanna – Elmhurst Elementary
  • Aliciya Harris – South Greenville Elementary
  • Briana Palmisano – Elmhurst Elementary
  • Edward Stephenson – Greenville Christian Academy
2013 Honorable Mentions
  • Jovonni Brown – Elmhurst Elementary
  • Sana Sabree – South Greenville Elementary
  • Richard Schuster – Elmhurst Elementary
  • Jakey Valentine – South Greenville Elementary