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  Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration


     In recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day, several special guests participated in a celebration at E. A. Gibson Elementary School along with the entire first grade.  Mayor Sherman Saunders read a proclamation to those in attendance declaring Arbor Day in Danville as April 22, the same day as Earth Day.  According to The Arbor Day Foundation, National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many localities observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.


     Virginia Department of Forestry representative Patrick Eales, presented Mayor Saunders with a Tree City USA flag and all students in attendance received a tree sapling to take home.

     Ann Beyer, Chairperson of the Danville Council of Garden Clubs, presented a dogwood tree to the school.  Mayor Saunders, City Manager Joe King, Superintendent Dr. Edward Newsome, school board member Rebecca Bolton, and Beyer grabbed shovels and helped to plant the tree.  Also in attendance were Lee Robertson, City Beautification Committee Coordinator and E. A. Gibson Elementary School Principal, Kim Agnor.

     "We were very excited and honored to be selected by the City Beautification Committee and the Danville Council of Garden Clubs to receive a beautiful dogwood tree in observance of Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Through our greenhouse program and work with the Master Gardeners we want to instill in our students the importance of taking care of our environment," said Principal Agnor.

     E. A. Gibson Elementary School demonstrates a commitment to caring for the Earth through their greenhouse and outdoor garden partnerships with the Master Gardeners.