DUBLIN – Bladen Community College convened an Arbor Day Celebration with a special program held recently on its campus. The Arbor Day Celebration not only marked the occasion of the national Arbor Day but also the recognition of Bladen Community College with a 2018 Tree Campus USA Award.
The award is issued by the Arbor Day Foundation to colleges and universities that enjoy well-maintained and green-friendly campuses that meet five specific criteria. The college must have an active Campus Tree Advisory Committee, a Campus Tree Care Plan, a Campus Tree Program with dedicated funding, an Arbor Day Observance, and Service Learning Projects.
The Arbor Day Foundation provides opportunities for student learning and public awareness of the benefits of sustaining green and productive environments. Each year on the last Friday of April, Arbor Day festivities and activities are held across the United States to encourage tree planting and learning more about green environments. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day back in 1872with the simple idea to set aside a special day each year for tree planting.
BCC Director of Evening Programs and committee chair Kathy McGurgan remarked, “This is the third year that we have been awarded the Tree Campus USA Award. Bladen Community College is dedicated to maintaining a green landscape, not only because of the healthy living benefits that trees and plants provide, but also because we understand the beauty that a green landscape brings to our environment.”
The college celebration included festive songs from the Bladen Early College High School Student Chorus, faculty poetry readings, and a presentation of the award.