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Students, Citizens and KIB to Celebrate Arbor Day

By Daniel Considine on 4/27/17 11:45 AM

Ten Thousand Trees Initiative to Continue with Tree Planting at Eleanor Skillen Elementary School

INDIANAPOLIS – Students and parents of Eleanor Skillen Elementary School will join tomorrow with partners from Citizens Energy Group and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for a fruit tree planting event at the school in celebration of Arbor Day. The tree planting is part of Citizens’ continuing 10 Thousand Trees initiative.

What: Fruit tree plantings involving students and parents to celebrate Arbor Day
Where: Eleanor Skillen Elementary School at 1410 Wade St.
When: Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.

“We are pleased to continue our 10 Thousand Trees initiative with KIB and the students at Eleanor Skillen Elementary School. This tree planting allows us to help beautify the school grounds and contribute to cleaner rivers and streams for our community,” said Jeffrey Harrison, President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group.

Citizens, Indy Parks, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and KIB joined forces last fall to begin a long-term partnership to plant 10,000 trees across the city as a way to beautify neighborhoods and reduce combined sewer overflows to area waterways.

“This event will be a wonderful hands-on opportunity for our students and parents to celebrate Arbor Day and understand the great value that trees bring to our natural environment,” said Angela Ludlum, Principal of Eleanor Skillen Elementary School.

"The orchard planting has been in the works for two years since the wonderful teachers of Eleanor Skillen Elementary dreamed of turning the triangle of vacant land across from the school into something useful for the neighborhood. We are so excited to finally see it come together as a collaboration of the school, the neighborhood, and our dedicated corporate partners,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “The students will care for and maintain the orchard, but the apples, pears and native Indiana fruit will be an asset to the entire community. It will serve as a hands-on learning space for students for years to come!”


About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 800,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities only for the benefit of customers and the community.

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About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. In 2016, KIB worked with nearly 20,000 volunteers on 892 community projects. To learn more, visit, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @kibiorg.

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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
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