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Students from JFK Junior High School and employees of the Parks and Recreation Department plant 14 new trees in Centennial Park Thursday in observance of Arbor Day. 

HANFORD — The Parks and Recreation Department, along with students from John F. Kennedy Junior High School have decided to make like a tree and “leaf” Thursday.

The groups decided to leave a lasting legacy of eco-friendliness, that is.

“We get to plant new life to help the environment,” student Courtney Rhoades said. “This event helps people to understand that it’s important to plant trees.”

Rhoades is an eighth-grader with the community leadership program, and serves as the organization’s Commissioner of Buildings & Grounds. She spent her second Arbor Day in a row Thursday morning helping her fellow students plant new trees in the community.

Centennial Park bustled with activity as students and Parks & Rec employees planted 14 new trees of five different varieties in strategic places around the park. The trees will provide valuable areas of shade once they’ve matured.

The trees species were chosen for their ability to live in drought conditions, Park Superintendent Alvin Dias said during the ceremony.

During the pre-planting ceremony, Parks and Recreation Director Craig Miller thanked the Parks Department for its work over the past few days cleaning up felled trees in the area after Wednesday’s high winds that toppled over a large tree in Civic Park, among others in the county.  

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