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Zablocki students plant trees at Ohio Playfield to celebrate Arbor Day

Warmed by sun and a brisk breeze, 4th grade students from Zablocki School took part in an Arbor Day celebration that included the planting of 32 trees. Mayor Tom Barrett, Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley, and Commissioner of Public Works Jeffrey S. Polensky welcomed students to Milwaukee’s 54th Arbor Day Celebration.

The presentation included a discussion about the importance of trees, an Arbor Day proclamation, a student poem, and two songs sung by the 4th graders. Woodsy Owl was on hand to dance along with students and cheer them on in their efforts.

A variety of trees including maples and locusts were planted to replace a number of ash trees that were removed from the park in fall. The ash trees were damaged by invasive emerald ash borers.

Students learned how to keep trees healthy and were excited to spend time outdoors. They are looking forward to watching the trees grow in the coming years. MPS is grateful to the City of Milwaukee for this partnership.

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