LIMA — The City of Lima celebrated Arbor Day by planting an oak tree in Lima Stadium Park that honors the 2020 senior classes for their positive attitudes and actions undertaken during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We felt this would be a great way to honor their efforts of seeing the school year through,” Lima Parks and Rec Director Ric Stolly said Friday morning during a brief ceremony.
As part of its Tree City USA designation, the City of Lima has been planting at least one tree on Arbor Day since 1988 usually on the grounds of one of Lima’s schools. Normally, the events are used to teach children about the importance of forestry, but this year, Stolly said the city figured the seniors deserved special recognition for graduating during this difficult time.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and state precautions, the class of 2020 has seen their senior years disrupted and their end-of-year events canceled.
Stolly said the city chose to plant an oak tree specifically because of its symbolic representation of strength and wisdom. Eventually, a plaque will be added to the site that describes the meaning behind the tree and the class’s historic role in dealing with an unprecedented pandemic.