Friday is Arbor Day and in observance of this state holiday a pair of new trees were watered in a special way. Sprinkles of holy water blessed the flowering snow crab trees, which were planted in front of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School at 33rd and Martha.
Students learned how to plant the proper way and asked questions about what they can expect to see in the years to come.
Terry Hughes Tree Service donated the trees and provided the planting crew. "They're bright white in the spring and it's an attitude changer," said Hughes. "When these trees flower, people get happy."
The flowering snow crab trees symbolize purity. Once mature, the branches should spread out about 25 feet. The trees should stand long enough that the grade school students can someday show them to their grandchildren.
In Papillion, elementary school students celebrated Arbor Day by helping plant trees in a city park. Ten students from several schools picked up a shovel and pitched in to get the brand new evergreens planted at Monarch Place Park near 72nd Street and Cedardale Road.
The students were the winners of a citywide poster contest to celebrate Arbor Day. Not only did they get out of school for a little while they also got cash prizes for their works of art.
Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City in 1872, founded by Nebraska City native and U.S. Agriculture Secretary J. Sterling Morton.