Arbor Day was celebrated here at East Meadows Elementary on April 29, 2011. The fourth and fifth grade classes were honored guests along with Mayor G. Wayne Andersen and Dale Robinson, Director of Spanish Fork Parks and Recreation. Bill Bushman of the Spanish Fork Shade Tree Commission conducted the event. He told the kids the Utah State Tree is the Blue Spruce and that Spanish Fork City has met all the requirements to be a tree city USA for the twelfth year in a row. Last year Spanish Fork City planted 417 trees and trimmed and pruned over 2000 trees throughout town. The fourth grade classes recited the poem, “Trees.” The 5th grade classes sang, “The Green Grass Grows All Around.” Prior to the event the fourth and fifth grade classes held an essay contest. The winners presented their essays at the program. Essay winners were: Cecily Scott, Gage Brouse, Cameron Smith and Megan Singerman. At the conclusion Mayor Andersen talked to the kids. He has a son, and a daughter-in-law that teach at East Meadows Elementary and 2 grandchildren that attend the school. It was a treat to have him. He cautioned the kids about the rivers and streams for the upcoming spring run-off and flood season. The students didn’t actually get to help plant the trees at Abbie Court Park because of the weather.