The sun was coming out and tree going up.
And 104 Centralia Intermediate School fourth-grade students stood in semi-circle around Jim Lee, John Kottwitz, Scott Long and one Shumard Oak sapling in a black plastic
A decade ago Centralia Intermediate School opened its doors. That and every year since, Lee and Kottwitz, along with other varied representatives of the Centralia Tree Board and the city government were there to plant a tree in the CIS front campus to commemorate Arbor Day.
Set off to the side were buckets full of individually-wrapped North Red Oak seedlings, supplied by the Missouri Department of Conservation and wrapped by Centralia High School FFA students.
In Missouri, Arbor Day is always on April’s first Friday, Kottiwtz said.
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