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ARBOR DAY CELEBRATED AT COLUMBIAN

City Councilman President Mark Aliff and Principal Jimmie PoolAs Pueblo has been a "Tree City" for more than 40 years, Pueblo Parks and Recreation hosted an Arbor Day celebration at Columbian Elementary School that saw pine trees awarded to the winners of a coloring contest and the planting of a ceremonial tree on the school grounds.

City Councilman President Mark Aliff, an alumnus of Columbian, was on hand to read a City proclamation commemorating this important and earth-friendly occasion as Arbor Day.

The proclamation, which pointed out the many benefits that trees offer to the community and the environment, was presented to Columbian Principal Jimmie Pool.

After the singing of a pro-tree song by Columbian pre-schoolers, winners of the Parks and Recreation’s coloring contest were acknowledged and rewarded:

FIRST PLACE

Atlas Miller and Ariella Gonzales

SECOND PLACE

Ronnie Encinias III and Jream Baca

THIRD PLACE

Kennedy Borror and Juan Raigoza

With the assistance of the Parks and Recreation’s Forestry Crew and Columbian staff, the contest winners were tasked with putting the final shovels of dirt on a ceremonial tree that will surely bring joy, shade and other benefits to the ThunderBolts of Columbian.

The ceremony concluded with remarks from Steven Meier, director of Pueblo Parks and Recreation.