From the City of Everett, Parks and Community:

Elementary students join Everett Parks & Community Services staff in an annual event to preserve and beautify the city’s parks and open spaces. Rings
& Roots consists of two events, held at some of Everett’s most beloved parks.

Arbor Day ceremony: students act as stewards

Fifth graders from Garfield Elementary will assist parks staff with plantings during the Arbor Day ceremony at Garfield Park on Wednesday, April 11, from
12:30-1:30 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people to connect with nature and learn the important role trees play in their community,” said Maryke Burgess,
parks recreation supervisor.

The Arbor Day ceremony includes awards presentations and refreshments. It will mark Everett’s 23rd consecutive year earning an official Tree City USA designation
from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Also receiving honors from the foundation is the Snohomish County PUD for “best practices in public and private
utility arboriculture.”

The City encourages other business owners and residents to echo that stewardship by planting and tending trees on private property.

Earth Day comes to Johnston-Kelly Park

View Ridge Elementary will carry on a decades-long tradition of celebrating Earth Day with environmental stewardship at Johnston-Kelly Park on Friday,
April 20, from 1-2 p.m.

Students will help plant new vegetation and assist parks staff in maintaining the 4.8-acre greenbelt, located at 49th Street SW and Forest Drive. Johnston-Kelly
Park is as an outdoor biodiversity classroom for the school and local community groups. View Ridge students have helped build up the park for more
than 20 years and the students visit monthly during school for environmental education lessons and service.

“This program brings the City and school district together to develop and maintain such a beautiful and unique park,” said Geoff Larsen, horticulture supervisor.
“The work that the students have done over the years has made a big difference in the vibrancy of the park.”


Courtesy of City of Everett Parks and Community Press Release