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Tempe Celebrates Earth Day with tree planting at Arredondo Elementary School
Students to continue celebrations by participating in Arbor Day 5K
Posted Date: 4/22/2013 5:00 PM

Denise Rentschler
City of Tempe, Public Information Officer

TEMPE, Ariz. – To celebrate Earth Day, the City of Tempe joined students at Arredondo Elementary School in planting a new tree on their playground this morning.

The entire student body gathered to watch as students from the school’s running club grabbed shovels and planted the tree in its new home on the playground. The tree was donated to the school on behalf of the Trees for Tempe program in recognition of Arredondo Elementary School’s 40th Anniversary and Tempe’s 4th Annual Arbor Day 5K.

Because April is National Safe Digging Month, Arizona Blue Stake came out to the school and marked an appropriate area for the tree to be planted. This ensured that the hole was dug in a spot that was safe and kept the tree from hitting any lines.

More than 30 students from the school’s running club will be participating in the Arbor Day 5K this Friday at Giuliano Park. The club, which includes students from Kindergarten-5th Grade, was started by Arredondo Principal Alison Bruening-Hamati, to keep her kids active and involved during out-of-school hours.

The community is invited to join the students and participate in the Arbor Day 5K at Giuliano Park this Friday, April 26. Activities will include an event expo, beginning at 4 p.m., a free Kids Dash for children 10 and under, beginning at 6 p.m., and the 5K main event at 6:15 p.m.

The Arbor Day 5K, presented by SRP Earthwise, is the main fundraiser for the Trees for Tempe program, which helps revitalize Tempe’s urban forest.

About SRP Earthwise:
SRP EarthWise™ Energy is a voluntary program that SRP customers can join for as little as $3 per month, with 100% of dollars helping to build solar projects for nonprofit organizations in the Valley. It's a convenient, cost-effective way SRP customers can make a difference by supporting solar with nonprofits reaping the rewards. To learn more, visit

About Arizona Blue Stake:
Arizona Blue Stake is a non-profit communication center, which performs excavation notification services and stakeholder education designed to provide for public safety and underground facility damage prevention in accordance with statutory requirements. Homeowners and contractors are encouraged to call 811 anytime they begin a digging project. Arizona 811 is a one-call notification center that notifies the appropriate utility companies of intents to dig. To learn more, visit


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