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By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 

Arbor Day 2021 Takes Root

Students Help Plant Four Evergreens In Ceremony At Gotte Park


May 6, 2021

Daria Anderson-Faden

Kimball streets boss Jim Shoup explains Arbor Day to Mary Lynch fourth-graders at Gotte Park.

Mary Lynch fourth-graders helped the City of Kimball celebrate Arbor Day by planting four evergreen trees in Gotte Park.

The short ceremony began with the head of the street department, Jim Shoup, talking about Arbor Day and how Kimball "has an urban forest."

Shoup continued to explain to the fourth-graders that there were conifer and evergreen trees in the park because "in the wintertime, we want to see green and in the summer we want shade."

Arbor Day was proposed in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, and more than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day.

At Kimball's ceremony, Mayor Keith Prunty read the Arbor Day Proclamation and with the help of Tree Board member Everett Durheim and park caretaker John Heidemann, the kids helped plant the trees.


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