After proclaiming May 12 as 'Arbor Day' in Summit, Mayor Nora Radest was joined by Shade Tree Advisory Committee Chair John Kilby and City Forester John Linson at Brayton Elementary School where a Japanese Tree Lilac was planted.

Linson provided details on Summit’s 'Tree City USA' status -- a designation held by the City of Summit for 21 years -- awarded to communities that meet the four core standards of sound urban forestry management, including having in place a tree management board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Brayton fifth graders recited a tree poem as a group, and individually read haikus and fun facts about trees.

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