Mayor reads Diane’s book to Michigan grammar school
From the Montcalm County and Ionia County Daily News:
IONIA, MICHIGAN — To commemorate Arbor Day, fifth graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Ionia participated in a hands-on demonstration of a tree planting, received a special proclamation from the city and had an extensive question and answer session with the mayor on Friday afternoon. Ionia fifth graders triumphantly plopped the ivory silk lilac tree into the ground where, with proper care, it should thrive for decades.
After the tree planting ceremony Mayor Daniel Balice read Diane Muldrow’s award-winning book We Planted a Tree to the students, followed by an “ask me anything” session.
“Planting trees is not only beautiful, but it’s good for the environment,” said Ionia Mayor Daniel Balice. “It helps with providing shade and it certainly is an important part of the beautification of streets and buildings. We want them to know that replenishing our tree stock as they inevitably get old and get sick — and sometimes we have to cut them down — is an important part of our stewardship for the world.”