Small Town Times

Small Town Times Arbor Day April 2016 Issue 1-7 The “Green” Issue Litchfield Public Schools PO Box 167 Litchfield, NE 68852-0167 Phone: 308-446-2244 Student Editors: Rachel Snow Justine Pickar Emilee Sweley Newsletter Advisor: Mrs. Nikia Hunt nikia.hunt@litchfieldps.org Inside this Issue 1 2 Arbor Day 3 Fooled Ya! Recipes 4 State Art Terrorist Attacks Senior Spotlight 5 6 7 10 School Board Minutes General Funds 11 Elementary Principal Report 12 13 16 April Lunch Menu Superintendent’s Report Principal/AD Report April Activities & Events Calendar FBLA News & Updates By: Emilee Sweley The last Friday in April is Arbor Day. On this day people are encouraged to care for the natural environment. Arbor Day is a legal holiday, causing some state offices and historic sites to be closed. Arbor Day started back in 1854 when J. Sterling Morton moved from Detroit to the area of what is now Nebraska. He noticed the lack of trees, which were needed for windbreaks, to stabilize the soil, and to provide shade. On January 4, 1872 Morton proposed a holiday to plant trees on the 10th of April that same year. Prizes were awarded to the counties and individuals who could plant the most trees that day. About one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day in Nebraska. Arbor Day became a legal holiday in 1885 and was moved to April 22nd, Morton’s birthday. In 1989, the state holiday was moved to the last Friday in April, which is usually the time of year where weather conditions are best for planting trees. Continue a true Nebraska holiday tradition- plant trees and help the environment this Arbor Day! Trees Native to Nebraska Include: Maple Birch Hazelnut Hophornbeam Trumpet Creeper Honeysuckle Dogwood Cypress Juniper Ebony Custard-aple Pine Ash Olive Walnut Horse-chestnut Oak Beech Locust Persimmon Special Inserts: Yearbook Order Form *Not a comprehensive list (source: treesforme.com) 1