Jennie Barker Elementary School played host to the City of Garden City’s Arbor Day event on Friday, April 30th. Fifth-grader Ximena Terrones was recognized for designing the best poster in the state in the annual Kansas Arbor Day Poster Contest during the event. She was also the first place winner for the city and the district.
Vianey Cuevas-Meza a fifth-grader at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center received second place and Laina Romero also a fifth-grader at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center took third place.
Arbor Day is a holiday on the last Friday of April in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Garden City is celebrating its 43rd year as being a Tree City USA.
John Klempa with the Kansas Forest Service demonstrated how to properly plant a tree at the school, which the winning students helped to plant. The tree that was planted at the school is a Triumph Elm tree.
Roy Cessna, mayor of Garden City, read a proclamation that detailed the importance of trees to Garden City before naming April 30, 2021, as Arbor Day in Garden City.
At the end of the event, students were given little trees to take home and plant.