Arbor Day celebrated with tree planting at William Woods

Children from Fulton Preschool help plant the Arbor Day tree at William Woods University, while members of Knowing the Woods observe. Left to right: Kelcie Spradley, Angela Beldon, Samantha Neeley, Aria Eubanks, Alex Jarvis and Brittany Lenhart.
Children from Fulton Preschool help plant the Arbor Day tree at William Woods University, while members of Knowing the Woods observe. Left to right: Kelcie Spradley, Angela Beldon, Samantha Neeley, Aria Eubanks, Alex Jarvis and Brittany Lenhart.

Children from Fulton Preschool used small plastic shovels to help plant a white oak outside Tucker Dining Hall as William Woods University celebrated Arbor Day April 28.

During the ceremony, Angela Belden, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, presented a Tree Campus USA award to

Kelcie Spradley holds the plaque signifying William Woods as a Tree Campus USA for the fourth consecutive year. With her are Brittany Lenhart (left) and Angela Beldon.
Kelcie Spradley holds the plaque signifying William Woods as a Tree Campus USA for the fourth consecutive year. With her are Brittany Lenhart (left) and Angela Beldon.

WWU. William Woods was the first college or university in Missouri to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA, and has now received the designation four consecutive times.

Bill Spradley of Trees, Forests, Landscapes of Kirkwood, Mo., and Mike Rood of Pea Ridge Forest in Hermann, Mo., donated the oak, in addition to approximately 50 other trees on campus in recent years.

Members of Knowing the Woods, a student organization, planned and participated in the tree planting.

“Knowing the Woods promotes the upkeep and preservation of the threes that keep this campus, long known as The Woods, looking so beautiful,” Brittany Lenhart, president, said.

The organization was founded by Spradley’s daughter, Kelcie, when she was a freshman. This was her last Arbor Day celebration at William Woods as she will receive her Master of Business Administration degree May 10.