Students at Jefferson Elementary School observed Arbor Day on April 27 by 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 12th Annual Tree City USA designation, Jefferson students read essays, played musical selections, and sang songs about the environment. School Board member and Jefferson parent, Mrs. Sarah Olbrich and Commissioner Steve Silverman made brief remarks during the ceremony. It was a beautiful day and way to celebrate Arbor Day. Photo Photo Credit: George Thomas Mendel
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.