Framingham celebrated its first Arbor Day as a city this past Friday. City employees, Keefe Technical High School students and staff, and a number of volunteers gathered on Keefe Tech’s campus to plant trees and performed tree maintenance around the school’s campus.
The trees planted came to Keefe Tech from Weston Nurseries and were compliments of Eversource.
Dan Nau, Director of Highway and Sanitation, thanked the various organizations involved and was followed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who read the Arbor Day proclamation. Mayor Spicer also announced Anastasia Claudio as the outstanding student of the year in Keefe Tech’s Horticulture & Landscape Design Program.
The City would like to thank the following organizations and individuals who volunteered their time to make the event possible:
- Keefe Technical High School Horticulture and Landscape Design students
- Keefe Technical High School staff:
- Jon Evans, Superintendent
- Shannon Snow, Principal
- John Brochu, Director of Career and Tech Education
- Facilities Department
- Doug Paul, Horticulture and Landscape Design
- Paul Brackett and Associates
- American Climbers
- Northern Tree
- Stanley Tree
- Arbor Works
- Nick Greenwood, Student, Stockbridge School of Agriculture - UMass Amherst
- Frank Pawluczonek, Framingham Fire Fighter and Arborist
- Art Goodhine, Town of Natick Tree Warden
- Framingham Parks and Recreation
- Framingham Public Schools, Building and Grounds Department
The City celebrates Arbor Day annually, on the last Friday in April, providing an opportunity to plant ceremonial trees, educate the public about the importance of trees and honor the vital role trees play in our everyday lives.