Cities join forces for Arbor Day
The Bonner Beautiful Commission conducted a variety of events in observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 27. In all, four trees were planted at local schools.
The observance at Delaware Ridge Elementary featured all three communities in the USD 204 District. The Unified Government donated two Japanese Maples. Mayor-CEO Joe Reardon, Unified Government; Mayor John “Tiny” McTaggart, Edwardsville; and Mayor Clausie Smith, Bonner Springs, participated in the program, which featured musical selections from students.
Later on Friday, Arbor Day was celebrated at Bonner Springs Elementary. Smith read a Proclamation that set Arbor Day in Bonner Springs. Betty Rehm, a representative of Bonner Beautiful Commission, presented the official 26th anniversary “Tree City USA” award to the city. She also read a poem that dedicated trees at both schools.
Lloyd Mesmer, Bonner Beautiful Commission Member, re-enacted the character “Johnny Appleseed” at BSE. He told the story of the real-life historical person who planted apple trees along the east coast.
A Canadian Red Cherry Tree donated by the Grass Pad was planted earlier at BSE. In addition, the official city tree, a White Oak, was planted at Bonner Springs High School.