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Arbor Day/Earth Day celebrated on the HCC Campus


In celebration of Arbor Day/Earth Day, the Halifax Community College campus hosted a program and tree planting, Apr. 24. HCC staff and students planted the tree, a flowering cherry given by Pearson Greenhouse & Nursery, at the conclusion of the program in front of The Centre.


Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day more than 135 years ago. In 1872, Morton proposed that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture. Arbor Day was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska and is now observed throughout the nation and the world.


Earth Day was established on Apr. 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a healthy, sustainable environment. It achieved rare political support from both major political parties, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, businesses and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people from 141 nations participating. 


VPs and SGA President Plant Tree

HCC VP for Institutional Advancement Tom Schwartz, VP for Administrative Services Deborah Armstrong, SGA President Theresa Raymond, and VP for Instructional Services, Dr. Erica Holmes planted a tree during the HCC Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration,

Apr. 24.