Students at Lincoln Elementary School observed Arbor Day today, April 30, expanding the school's green footprint by planting a tree donated by the municipality in front of the school. To commemorate the day, and to celebrate Mt. Lebanon's Tree City USA designation, Lincoln students read essays, played musical selections, and sang songs about the environment. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Ron Kitsko, School Board President Jacob Wyland, and Municipal Commissioner Mindy Ranney made brief remarks as part of the ceremony. It was a beautiful day and way to celebrate Arbor Day. Watch the program in the video above.
Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, when the State Board of Agriculture adopted J. Sterling Morton's resolution that April 10 of that year be set aside for tree planting. The board awarded premiums for the greatest number of trees, cuttings, and seeds planted. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day, which is now celebrated on the last Friday in April.