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Thanks: For making Arbor Day 2010 such a success

The Arbor Day Education Committee of Cerbat Garden Club is offering gratitude, praise and recognition to the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped make Arbor Day 2010 such a success. From the early days of planning in October until the Arbor Day Tree-Planting and Community Celebration on April 24, Kingman area community members stepped forward supporting our project.

Kudos to the 336 grade five students from seven area schools who created posters for the National Arbor Day Poster Contest and to their teachers who devoted class time and lessons teaching our youngsters that trees are energy wise and beneficial to our community. For the first time ever, a Kingman student was awarded first prize in the Arizona State Arbor Day Poster Contest. Congratulations to Maverick San Antonio, a student of Stephanie Angle at Hualapai Elementary School for winning the state contest and putting Kingman on the map!

Thanks to KUSD No. 20 Superintendent Roger Jacks for enthusiastically welcoming our Arbor Day Program; to Oz Enderby, KUSD construction director, for working with us on the tree-planting at the new White Cliffs Middle School campus; to CORE Construction for digging the holes and running irrigation lines for the trees; to WCMS Principal John Venenga; and to the KUSD and KAOL staff members who assisted in many ways with the Arbor Day program.

We also wish to recognize the Kingman Clean City Commissioners, CCC liaison Rich Ruggles, Kingman City Council members, Vice Mayor Janet Watson and Mayor John Salem for their support, for proclaiming April "Arbor Month" in Kingman, and for helping make Kingman a better community. Many of these individuals were present at the community celebration, joining parents, grandparents, KHS Hispanic Student Union, and J.C. Penney community volunteers in planting trees.

In the business sector, Cerbat Garden Club thanks Kingman Home Depot for donating 10 trees and two shrubs for the tree-planting at White Cliffs Middle School; David Tribbett of Desert Sage Nursery for his expertise, advice, and ordering 350 saplings for each fifth grade student and teacher who participated in the poster contest; Desert de Oro Foods for sponsoring printing of the poster winners' calendar and donating food coupons; Kingman True Value, KRMC Foundation, Color-Spot, Bashas', and McKee Foods for donation of raffle prizes, food, and water at the Arbor Day event, and Signs of CHAOS for printing tote bags for the poster winners.

Finally, the Arbor Day Education Committee is especially grateful to the Cerbat GC volunteers, Vince Beatty and the Kingman Area Master Gardeners, and the Community Challenge Grant Program of the Arizona State Forestry Division, Office of the State Forester. Without their contributions, assistance, and financial support the Arbor Day Education Program would not be possible. Thank you to all who have been a part of this worthwhile project. We are looking forward to future Arbor Days in Kingman.

Sandie Womack, Arbor Day Education Committee Chair

Lynda Goldberg, Co-chair and CGC President

Nina Brackett, Instructional Specialist, UA Mohave County Extension Office School Gardening Program

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