Children celebrate Arbor Day at Mary Raber

Arbor Day was celebrated April 25 at Mary Raber Elementary School. Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation declaring April 25 to be Arbor Day in Columbia City. It was explained by Daniel that some trees growing in Columbia City are considered “city” trees because the health of those trees are maintained by the Columbia City tree board.Daniel also explained that removing damaged and diseased trees is important because of the danger posed to city residents. The tree board replaces those trees with new ones.Ken Lundguist, President of the Columbia City tree board, explained has been a Tree City for 20 years. The Tree City U.S.A. program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and town across America.Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintain a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Alison Oelschlager and Amy Perry’s second grade classes presented poems, stories, songs, and jokes all involving trees.