The city and the Garden Club of Halifax Country celebrated Arbor Day by donating three cathedral oaks to each of the seven local schools.
In celebration of Arbor Day, all seven Ormond Beach schools received three cathedral oak trees by the city.
The tree dedication ceremonies began with Osceola Elementary on Thursday, April 25, and will wrap up with Pathways Elementary on Tuesday, April 30. The tree donations were a joint effort between the city of Ormond Beach and the Garden Club of Halifax Country. This was the first Arbor Day celebrated city-wide in all seven schools.
Tomoka Elementary held its dedication ceremony on Friday, April 26, with students reading poems, reciting the history of the first Arbor Day in 1886 and taking the Arbor Day pledge.
"It's so important for me as a school board member to see all of these young people learning and understanding how important it is to protect our environment," said School Board member Carl Persis at the ceremony. "Nothing more important."
The ceremony was held by the school's playgrounds, and Principal Julie Roseboom said she hopes one day that will become a shaded area.