ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AT GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Roots and Branches and students at Good Shepherd Lutheran School celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. It was the twenty-seventh year that Roots and Branches has presented the Arbor Day Program in the schools. With a “Live TV Show,” students participated on two teams, representing Maple Trees and Oak Trees in answering questions about the importance of trees in our environment.
Jim Sievert, Principal of Good Shepherd welcomed guests and turned the program over to Forest Ranger AJ, AJ Brandt, who introduced the guests and got the program started. We were joined by Erik Olsen, Superintendent of Schools in West Bend, Alderman Roger Kist, representatives from state government, Representative Bob Gannon, Park, Recreation and Forestry Department staff, Director Craig Hoeppner, Superintendent Mike Jentsch, and City Arborist, and DNR representative Olivia Whittun presented the city with The Tree City flag that was presented to Good Shepherd School to display on Arbor Day each year.
Service Berry trees were given to all 4th grade students in the public schools and 5th grade students in the parochial schools to take home and plant with their families. Each year the program is rotated between all public and parochial schools in West Bend. WE Energies is sponsored the Arbor Day Program again this year, represented by Rob Inglish.
The city tree, Autumn Blaze Maple, was planted on the grounds of the participating school and the students went outside to help plant the tree.