Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to join him, the Kahoa Elementary community and the City's Parks and Recreation Department in celebrating Arbor Day 2012. A public celebration is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Jaycee-Kahoa Park, 7700 Leighton Avenue. In case of bad weather, the celebration will be in the Kahoa gym.
Mayor Beutler will read an Arbor Day proclamation, and the Kahoa students will perform songs and recite poems. Students will then help plant eight trees at the park. They will be assisted by volunteers from the Lincoln Public Schools, the Lincoln City Council, Lincoln Electric System (LES), the Sowers Club of Lincoln, the Community Forestry Advisory Board, the Arbor Day Foundation, Parks and Recreation staff and the department's mascot Parker Rex.
The trees will be planted in observance of Arbor Day's 140th anniversary and in recognition of the Re Tree Nebraska program, a campaign to plant one million trees in Nebraska by 2017.
The trees are being sponsored by LES, Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. Campbell's Nursery is providing the trees at wholesale cost for the event.
Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The official observance in 2011 is Friday, April 27. State offices will be closed that day, but City offices will be open.