Arnold plants tree for Earth Day | Local News

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Arnold plants tree for Earth Day | Local News

About 25 people turned out for a recent event in the city of Arnold held to celebrate Earth Day with a tree-planting and to continue celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary, said Teresa Kohut, recreation supervisor for the Arnold Parks and Recreation Department.

The event was held April 22 at the Arnold Recreation Center.

“It was a beautiful day,” Kohut said. “Parks employees appreciated blending Earth Day and a chance to reflect on Arnold’s past 50 years and how far we have come.”

A swamp white oak was planted near the gazebo at the rec center, 1695 Missouri State Road, with a sign placed nearby to commemorate Arnold becoming a city in 1972.

A poster contest for school-age children was held leading up to the event, and winners were announced during the ceremony.

Kohut said 19 posters were entered in the contest, which was divided into two age groups, one for those in fifth grade and younger and the other for those in sixth- to 12th-grade.

The posters depicted either environmental issues or something that people may do to help Earth’s environment. The work was displayed in the rec center.

In the category for the younger students, Adelyin Frazier, a fourth-grader at Fox C-6’s Rockport Height Elementary School, won the $100 first-place prize. Conner N. Ladd and Allisyn G. Brueggemann, who also attend Rockport Heights, worked together on a poster and took second place and the $75 prize. Ashten Gibson-Dylhe, a fifth-grader at Rockport Heights, won the $50 third-place prize.

In the category for sixth-graders through high school seniors, Judah Butler and Elaina Appelhans were the only entrants, and each collected a $100 first-place prize.

“I was pretty excited about it because it was our first time doing it,” Kohut said of the poster contest. “It was awesome. One of the posters had a QR code on it, which brings you to a website that provides more information about what the poster was about. I thought that was pretty clever.”

The city will continue to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with various events, including a scavenger hunt for 10 water tower statues that have been decorated by various artists and placed throughout the city. Republic Services is sponsoring the scavenger hunt contest, and winners will receive cash prizes – $1,000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third.

The contest began May 2 when the city began posting clues about the towers’ locations on its Facebook page and on the Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page.

Kohut said participants will need to take their pictures with all 10 water towers and post and tag the photos on social media to be entered in a random drawing for the three cash prizes. Information about how to enter the scavenger hunt and rules for the contest will be available on the city and parks department Facebook pages.

The anniversary also will be celebrated at the city’s annual Independence Day Celebration on July 2 and the Arnold Days festival set for Sept. 16-19. Both events are held at Arnold City Park on Bradley Beach Road off Jeffco Boulevard.

Arnold is selling merchandise celebrating its 50th anniversary at the rec center and through the city’s website, arnoldmo.org. To order online, go to the rec center page of the website and order forms are available through the “register online” feature.