Arbor Day 2019 was celebrated by the students, faculty, and staff of North Frederick Elementary School on Wednesday, April 17. Prior to the Arbor Day ceremony, the rocketry club set off approximately 6 rockets from the school grounds.

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Rocketry club firing the first rocket.

NJROTC cadets from Governor Thomas Johnson High School presented the colors and attendees were serenaded by kindergarten and first-grade students. Kimberly Seiss, NFES principal, acted as emcee. The ceremony included local government officials and community groups. Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor presented an Arbor Day proclamation and Becky Wilson of the Maryland Forest Service presented certificates indicating Frederick’s achievement in attaining Tree City USA recognition for the 39th consecutive year, as well as a growth award.

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Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor, FSK Lions Duane Voitel and Lynn Stimmel, NFES principal Kimberly Seiss.

The Taskers Chance Garden Club described the ceremonial tree, a white oak, the Maryland state tree, that the students were going to “plant.” The tree that was planted is approximately 15 years old and will not bear acorns for another 10 years; the students were told that they would be able to bring their grandchildren back to visit the tree. Mike Kay, Maryland Forest Service, and Tom Rippeon, Frederick City arborist, supervised the students “planting” the tree. Francis Scott Key Lions Lynn Stimmel and Duane Voitel then placed a descriptive ceremonial plaque in front of the oak.

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The plaque on the tree showing the FSK Lions Club’s participation.

The students then spent most of the rest of the day beautifying the school grounds with the assistance of master gardeners, FSK Lions, and other volunteers.

For more images of the event please visit our Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsklions/ .

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