1,300 seedlings to be given out at Grade 1 Arbor Day celebration

May 5, 2014

1,300 seedlings to be given out at Grade 1 Arbor Day celebration

Grade 1 students from elementary schools in Strathcona County will have their tree-inspired artwork featured in the Art Gallery@501 window display and receive a seedling as part of Arbor Day celebrations on May 9.

Arbor Day activities planned at Broadmoor Lake Park on Friday, May 9 are aimed at teaching students the importance of trees in our everyday lives. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development supplies the seedlings province-wide. Many of the students take their seedlings home to plant and can watch them grow and flourish for years to come.

 “Arbor Day has been observed in Strathcona County for 35 years,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “This tree-focused celebration reflects our community’s deep rooted commitment to environmental health.”

Each Grade One class was also invited to participate in a “Why I love trees” art contest. This year’s winning class, from Holy Redeemer Catholic School, was chosen out of 15 other schools that entered the contest. The winning class won a field trip to the Strathcona Wilderness Centre where they will be rewarded with an all-day outdoor adventure amongst the trees.

The submitted artwork will be kept on display throughout the month of May in the Art Gallery@501, at the Community Centre.

Arbor Day in Strathcona County is proudly sponsored by Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

For more information on Arbor Day, please visit www.strathcona.ca/recreation or call 780-467-2211.  For more information about the Art Gallery@501, please visit www.strathcona.ca/artgallery  or call 780-410-8585.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Roxanne Carr, Mayor, 780-464-8000
Sheila Flint, Recreation, Parks and Culture, 780-417-7132