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Shook celebrates Arbor Day with Tree City USA


Hundreds gathered at Shook Elementary Friday to celebrate both Earth Day and Marshfield’s Arbor Day; a celebration centered around trees.

Shook Elementary 4th graders celebrated the day by learning how to plant trees. From cleaner air, to homes for wildlife, the students were all on board with the planting of trees, a task they would each be able to participate in.

After an official proclamation from the City of Marshfield Parks Director Marc Baker was read. Then, Tree City USA Chairman Eric Yarnell along with 5th grade Boy Scouts then helped demonstrate how to plant a tree properly.

Marshfield’s Tree Committee works as an advisory committee for the mayor on all the trees on public lands in Marshfield. They not only promote trees within the community, but ensure that Marshfield remains a “Tree City USA.”

“We had such a great time celebrating Arbor Day with the 4th graders at Shook Elementary,” said Tree City member Connie Stockton. “The Boy Scouts will also be helping us plant trees at Rotary Park this Friday and that’s such a good thing. We lost around 40 trees due to weather related issues in the last year and we’re going to be planting 10 this week. Every year we try to improve the parks with more trees and we’re honored to have been a Tree City USA city for 20 years now.”

The fourth graders all left with trees in hand and optimism that they will be able to enjoy the shade of their trees in the years to come.


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