FRAMINGHAM – The Town of Framingham celebrated arbor day on Friday, May 12, by planting trees at Farm Pond Park with the help of students from Keefe Technical High School’s horticultural program.
“We have been doing this collaboration with Keefe Technical for more than the decade,” said Framingham Department of Public Works’ Director of Highway Dan Nau. “And every year the students get better and better. They are hard working.”
A tradition at the event is for Doug Paul to present the student of the year award.
This year the award was presented to Leidy Maleonardo.
Besides Keefe Technical students, the Framingham DPW crew was assisted on Friday by employees from the Town of Sherborn, Holden, and Natick, plus students from the UMass horticultural program.
American Climbers Tree Service, Bartlett Tree Experts, Dillon Tree Service, Paul Brackett & Associates, and Robert D. Hall Landscape and Tree Care also provided labor and materials to the annual event, which is in its second decade, said Nau.
Work started as early as 7 a.m. and after more than 5 hours of work, and planting several trees students, volunteers, and Framingham employees were treated to a lunch provided by Foodie Cafe.
Before lunch, Framingham Selectman Charlie Sisitsky read a proclamation on Arbor Day, and Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin talked about the successful collaboration between Keef Technical, businesses, and government in the annual event.
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