During an Arbor Day celebration, last Wednesday, April 24, Fairfax City officials and School Board members joined City Schools Superintendent Phyllis Pajardo, plus students and teachers at Lanier Middle School, to plant a redbud tree on the school grounds. Principal Tammara Hanna read a poem, and Mayor David Meyer presented an Arbor Day proclamation.
School Board member Toby Sorenson spoke about the value of trees and noted that Fairfax City has been officially declared a “Tree City” for more than 25 years. And, accordingly, James McGlone with the Virginia Department of Forestry presented Fairfax with a large “Tree City” flag and declared it a “Tree City USA” for the 32nd year. Fairfax received this honor for the resources it spends and the laws it makes and enforces to take care of its trees.