Westlake Celebrates Arbor Day

The Westlake Tree Commission held its second Arbor Day poster contest, awarding six Parkside Intermediate School fifth-grade students with ribbons for their posters and essays about “Why trees are important to the City of Westlake.”

Out of 23 entries, the winning entries came from Ian Healey, Paul Rossander, Gabriel Samide, Sarah Hamed, Neil Thakkar and Macey Chatterton. These students received ribbons and were honored with a Proclamation from Mayor Dennis Clough proclaiming their day in Westlake.

All students who submitted a poster were invited to participate in this year’s Arbor Day ceremony on April 25. A tree was planted in front of the school and students placed shovelfuls of dirt around the tree.

Students illustrated their posters in many ways to show the importance of trees and why they should be preserved and protected in Westlake. The posters were judged by Tree Commission members Mary Beth Schneidler, Margie Rossander, Urban Forestry Manager Stan Barnard and Service Director Paul Quinn III. All of the posters are on display at the Westlake Recreation Center.

Pictured are  (Left to right) Ian Healey, Urban Forestry Manager Stan Barnard, Paul Rossander, Mary Beth Schneidler, Gabriel Samide, Mayor Dennis Clough, Sarah Hamed, Neil Thakkar, Service Director Paul Quinn III and Macey Chatterton.

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