Since becoming part of the “Tree City USA” program in 2008, the city has held an Arbor Day event at the Irving ISD school which recycled the most paper the previous school year, and M.C. Lively Elementary School received the honor of being the site of Irving’s fifth Arbor Day Celebration on Nov. 8. Lively recycled 45,422 pounds of paper – more than 52 pounds per student – over the course of the 2012-2013 school year. During the celebration, Councilman Allan Meagher read and presented a framed copy of the Mayor’s Official Arbor Day Proclamation, and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) Vice President and Tree Board Member, Jim Scrivner, presented an engraved trophy to the school in honor of their achievement. One of the highlights of the day for the students was the appearance of KIB’s toucan mascot “Kirby” and special guest Smokey the Bear. Earlier in the week, the parks department planted a red oak on school grounds, and after the ceremony the green team and student council members posed for pictures by the tree with the dignitaries in attendance.
“Keep Irving Beautiful always enjoys the Arbor Day Celebration,” said KIB Board Member and Secretary, Margie Stipes. “Tying Arbor Day in with recycling gets the students thinking about where paper really comes from and encourages them to conserve and reuse paper as much as possible, then recycle it when they are through. The students are always so proud to be honored for their accomplishments, as they should be.”
SOURCE: Keep Irving Beautiful