The City of Hayden celebrated Arbor Day in a big way! More than 450 students from Atlas Elementary School, Hayden Meadows Elementary School, North Idaho Christian School, and Christian Center School, as well as various home-schooled students along with parents and teachers participated in the event. They visited 24 centers and learned about trees, wind, soil, water, landscape, entomology, utilities, light, energy conservation, the food chain and fires.
2017 Tree City USA Award Picture (L-R)
Brett Boyer, Hayden City Administrator
Hayden Mayor Steven Griffitts
Lisa Troxel, Hayden Parks, Recreation & Community Events
Stephen Drinkard, Idaho Community Forestry Program
At noon Mayor Steve Griffitts read the Arbor Day Proclamation to hundreds of students, and the City of Hayden was presented with a 2017 Tree City USA award from Stephen Drinkard, Idaho Community Forestry Program. Following this presentation, Mayor Griffitts and City Administrator Brett Boyer, along with Lisa Troxel, Hayden Parks, Recreation & Community Forestry Chair and Smokey Bear awarded prizes for the 2017 Arbor Day Sticker Contest. The Grand-Prize winner was Paige Wilton-Hayden Meadows Elementary School, 1st-Place was Alli Whiteman, North Idaho Christian School, 2nd-Place was Ellie Mroczko, Hayden Meadows Elementary School, 3rd-Place was Aliza Buffin, North Idaho Christian School, and Honorable Mention was Megan Cox, Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered!
2017 Art Contest Winners & Mayor Picture (L-R)
Megan Cox, Hayden Meadows Elementary-Honorable Mention
Aliza Buffin, North Idaho Christian-3rd-Place
Ellie Mroczko, Hayden Meadows Elementary-2nd Place
Paige Wilton-Hayden Meadows Elementary-Grand Prize
(Not Pictured 1st Place Alli Whiteman, North Idaho Christian School)
A big thank you to all the volunteers from the community, Hayden City Staff, members of the Hayden Parks, Recreation & Community Forestry Commission, Veterans Commission and Historic Preservation Commission who make this event happen. Thanks also to our sponsors Mountain West Bank, Flame & Cork Wood Fired Pizza, Rite Aid, Super 1, Idaho Department of Lands, Grace Tree Service, U of I Extension Master Gardeners, United States Forest Service, Esterline Advanced Input Systems, Kootenai County Utilities Council, Peak 1, Idaho Central Credit Union and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, whose donations, time and efforts were invaluable.
For more information on next year’s event, please contact the Hayden Recreation & Community Events Department @ 208-209-1080.