Westlake Celebrates Arbor Day

On Friday, April 27th, Westlake’s fifth grade students at Dover Intermediate School participated in a tree planting and award ceremony that was held at their school and led by Mayor Dennis M. Clough, Paul Quinn III, Westlake’s Service Director, Stan Banard, Urban Forestry Manager for the City of Westlake, Mary Beth Schneidler, Chairperson of the Westlake Tree Commission, and Mr. Nick Miller, DIS Principal.

Several weeks prior, the students were invited to create posters depicting “Why trees are important to me!” Their posters were then judged by Tree Commission members Mary Beth Schneidler, Ken Sadd, Kris Canepa and Richard Sebold along with Stan Banard and Paul Quinn.

Over 60 posters were judged with five winners being selected. The top posters were submitted by: Srinidhi Vankayala, Jack Tenorio, Luciana Zocchi, Reece Cottle and

Valeriia Bakaldina. At the tree planting, each of the winners received a Proclamation from the Mayor along with a ribbon recognizing their achievement. The posters are now on display at the Westlake Community Center.

Following the awards, each of the students who submitted a poster, were invited to help plant a ShowTime Crabapple Tree in front of their school. Mr. Banard and the Service Dept. helped prepare the site and explained to the students the proper way to plant a tree. The newly planted tree was added to a row of previously planted trees that were just beautiful with their deep pink flowers in bloom.

Westlake has been a designated Tree City USA for 34 years and has worked very hard to plant and care for the trees in Westlake.

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