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Rotary to celebrate Arbor Day at Countryside; provides trees for EPS schools

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Countryside Elementary School and the Rotary Club of Edina will celebrate Arbor Day with a ceremonial tree planting on the school grounds April 27 at 1:45 p.m.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged Rotary Clubs around the world to plant trees in honor of its members this year, making the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the air, which slows global warming.

To meet Riseley’s goal, the Rotary Club of Edina and Rotary International District 5950 is providing funding to Edina Public Schools to plant over 30 trees of 18 varieties on the grounds at Countryside and Concord elementary schools, Edina High School/Valley View Middle School, and the Edina Community Center/Normandale Elementary. Six trees will be planted at Countryside, including two Siouxland poplars, two blue beach poplars, a quaking aspen and a sienna glen maple.

Along with Rotarians, kindergarten students will be involved with the ceremonial planting at the school. The Rotary Club of Edina will also provide 600 saplings to Countryside Elementary students on Arbor Day.

Tree Planting by EPS In Focus on EXPOSURE