Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads joined the students in Laura Tewes’ international baccalaureate Biology II class April 12 to plant a Western Red Cedar tree on the north side of Lee’s Summit High School for Earth Day and Arbor Day. The Mayor spoke to the students and read the Lee’s Summit Arbor Day Proclamation.
A second Western Red Cedar was planted several feet from the first tree as members of Tewes’ IB Environmental Science and Society class assisted in its planting. Kim Fritchie, Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission Chairman, read the Arbor Day Proclamation.
Students in Tewes’ classes helped Bob Storey of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation plant the trees while he explained the steps in properly planting a tree. The Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission purchased the trees and was represented by Carol Rothwell, Laura Dawson, Shirley Geier and Fritchie during the planting ceremonies. Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Assistant Superintendent of Parks Operations Devin Wetzel was instrumental in making arrangements for the tree planting ceremonies.
The two Red Cedars will serve Lee’s Summit High School well for generations to come. They can easily be seen from the Bud Hertzog Football Stadium when looking toward the science wing to the south.