Students Join St. Joseph Leaders for Tree City USA Proclamation

Published 04/25 2014 03:30PM

Updated 04/25 2014 09:34PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo. ) Students at Hyde Elementary took part in a special ceremony Friday, recognizing St. Joseph as a Tree City USA.

This is the 21st year the city received the designation. Part of the program includes planting a tree with the help of Hyde's fourth grade class. The goal of the partnership is to teach them early that trees are a valuable asset to the environment.

"We really want to instill in children about the importance of trees and what they do in our daily lives. They're not only beautiful, but they're very good for the environment. They help our homes stay cooler in the summertime by providing shade. So, trees are a valuable thing in any community," said Barb LaBass, St. Joseph City Council.

LaBass presented a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Bill Falkner during the ceremony.

Tree cities must have meet tree care standards and take part in forestry programs to qualify for the designation.

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