Photo by Beth Mlady.

Thanks to the hard-working students at the Academy of St. Bartholomew, Mayor Castelli has presented a proclamation declaring May 10th as Arbor Day in the city of Middleburg Heights.

In honor of this proclamation, in helping to create a greener world, many gathered to plant a tree to represent the start of the city’s first Arbor Day. Those in attendance included the city’s new Arborist, Mike Nadeo, Mayor Castelli, Councilman Tim Ali, Vice Principal Richard Kaliszewski and several students from St. Bartholomew.

Middleburg Heights has been deemed Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1996. Trees not only reduce the erosion of precious topsoil by wind and water, but they cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees provide a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes and fuel for our fires while increasing property values to enhance the economic vitality of business areas.

Planting a new tree helps create a greener community and provides a source of joy and spiritual renewal. As a remembrance of their participation in Arbor Day, Arborist Mike Nadeo distributed pine seedlings to all the students to take home and provided each grade a seed-filled balloon to release. As these seeds become strong, rooted and beautiful trees, let it be a symbol of Middleburg Heights, a strong city, rooted in beauty and stability.