Centerville celebrates Arbor Day

Arbor Day celebration in Centerville. (WDTN Photo)
Arbor Day celebration in Centerville. (WDTN Photo)

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) –  Despite the chilly start to spring, students in Centerville are planting the seeds to help their town blossom.

Dozens of local elementary students took up their shovels and got in touch with mother nature for Arbor Day, the holiday that urges people to plant trees and to celebrate their environments.

3rd graders, along with the community, planted nine cherry trees along the banks of the Veterans Memorial at Stubbs Park.

Mayor Mark Kingseed says the event renews his committment to go green.

“We certainly do value the enviroment; we value green space. It is part of the quality of life that I think people have a right to deserve,” said Centerville’s Mayor Mark Kingseed.

Studies also show by planting trees, communities can save dollars.

In just five years, homeowners could reduce their energy costs by 3 percent.

That fact, among many others, is why the mayor wants kids to go green now.

“To use the analogy, you plant a seed in a kid as to how important the environment is and hopefully that’ll have ripple effects in terms of the way they conduct their lives,” said Kingseed.

One Centerville 3rd grader is already learning the key lesson from Wednesday’s event.

“Trees make the world look better and trees help, they give back oxygen,” said Joshua Nelson, a student at Cline Elementary School.

These cherry trees were donated by Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project, organized by a local Japanese American, Alex Hara.

Hara believes the the trees serve as a symbol of gratitude for aid given during the 2011 Tsunami.

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