The Chelsea Heights School, along with the Atlantic City Shade Committee, celebrated Arbor Day this beautiful, sunny Friday morning with a ceremony highlighting the importance of nature, our role in Atlantic City’s environment, and recognizing those who make our beautiful landscape a reality.
Mr. Paul Polinski, 7th & 8th grade science teacher, had a group of students (Rosa Serrano, James Brown, Lily Ly, and Jah Delgado) speak about the history of Arbor Day, both in the United States and Internationally. In the United States, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April annually.
In attendance was Atlantic City’s 6th Ward Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz. He spoke to the students about the beauty of our town, and it’s benefits of living by the ocean. (see video)
The Atlantic City Tree Shade Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by Mayor Don Guardian. Bobby Green, chairperson, made sure to thank Elizabeth Terenik, former Atlantic City Planner, as well as Bob Preston, Planning staff, and Department of Public Works, namely Paul Jerkins, for providing the skilled labor and equipment necessary to keep the trees maintained..
Most importantly, Green recognized Chelsea Heights School principal Mr. Kenneth Flood and Ms. Sherry Williams, and the custodial staff who will be making sure the trees get watered and taken care of. The new trees, from family-owned business, Galloway Nursery, were to replace the Coretta Scott King Tree outside the front of the school that died several years ago. Arriving to help with the manual labor was Rev. Dr. Odinga Maddox and his group of young adult volunteers from the New Jersey Youth Corps of Atlantic County.