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posted: 4/27/2012 9:14 PM

The suburbs celebrate Arbor Day

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  • Giovanni McFarlane, left, and Charli Richards correctly count the rings of a tree outside Walt Whitman School in Wheeling.

       Giovanni McFarlane, left, and Charli Richards correctly count the rings of a tree outside Walt Whitman School in Wheeling.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Third-graders sing as Walt Whitman School marks Arbor Day on Friday in Wheeling.

       Third-graders sing as Walt Whitman School marks Arbor Day on Friday in Wheeling.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Frank C. Whiteley School third-graders, from left, Michaela Vall, Ashley Scesniak and Kailey Mleko help Mayor Bill McLeod at Arbor Day Park in Hoffman Estates.

       Frank C. Whiteley School third-graders, from left, Michaela Vall, Ashley Scesniak and Kailey Mleko help Mayor Bill McLeod at Arbor Day Park in Hoffman Estates.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Hayden Kim shovels some dirt on a freshly planted tree at Arbor Day Park in Hoffman Estates.

       Hayden Kim shovels some dirt on a freshly planted tree at Arbor Day Park in Hoffman Estates.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Kindergartners Kyla Healy and Brayan Perez-Sanchez shovel some dirt as they celebrate Arbor Day at the Early Learning Center in Des Plaines.

       Kindergartners Kyla Healy and Brayan Perez-Sanchez shovel some dirt as they celebrate Arbor Day at the Early Learning Center in Des Plaines.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Mayor Marty Moylan reads a proclamation about Arbor Day at the Des Plaines ceremony.

       Mayor Marty Moylan reads a proclamation about Arbor Day at the Des Plaines ceremony.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
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In Illinois Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April, and kids were out all over the suburbs today, planting trees.

In Des Plaines, the ceremony was at the Early Learning Center, where Mayor Marty Moylan read a proclamation and then everybody got busy planting a tree.

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In Hoffman Estates, the ceremony was held Friday morning at Arbor Day Park at the corner of Downing Drive and Sumac Trail.

And in Wheeling, third-graders at Walt Whitman School helped plant a tree on the school grounds.

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