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Ely students help observe Arbor Day

By Staff | Apr 23, 2010

Trees provide shelter, beauty and even a home for the birds.

Those are some of the answers students at Ely Elementary shared about the importance of trees at Rugby’s Arbor Day observance on Thursday afternoon, April 22, at the school playground.

The annual event was coordinated by

Rugby Mayor Dale Niewoehner with help from Jeff Smette of the N.D. Forest Service, Dave Walker, local landscaper, and the school.

Niewoehner talked about how the city of Rugby has changed as trees have grown and more have been added to parks, yards and boulevards.

Smette also shared the many different species of trees that grow in the area.

Several students helped to plant two Linden trees on the school grounds.

Walker, of Rugby, placed the trees into designated plots on the corner of the playground north of the school.

Rugby has been designated a Tree City USA, and part of its requirements is to hold an annual Arbor Day observance, which is often attended by students from Ely and Little Flower schools.

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