Fourth graders from Hawkins Elementary School assisted workers from the Urban Forestry Crew in planting three trees in recognition of Arbor Day.
During the ceremony a proclamation was read from Mayor Johnny Dupree making Feb. 10 Arbor Day in the city. Doctor Richard Conville, a professor in the Speech and Communication Department at USM, was also recognized for his work in the city to help protect the environment.
Hattiesburg has been recognized as Tree City USA for the past decade. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 25,000 trees in the city. Each year a different school in the city is picked as the Cornerstone School to receive the trees to be planted. This year the 4th graders at Hawkins had the honor to represent the school in planting the trees.
"Their efforts matter about keeping our city the way it is and the quality of life here by preserving our tree canopy by participating in events like this," said John Brown, Assistant to the Mayor. "That helps give back to the environment and the clean air we have here in Hattiesburg. Hopefully they take away they can play a part in preserving the earth."
The Arbor Day Foundation estimates more than 100,000 trees were planted in Mississippi in 2011.
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