Babylon Rotary held its Annual Arbor Day celebration at the Paul J. Bellew Elementary School in West Islip in the morning of Thursday, April 26th.
 
Program Chair Alice Hageman, Josie Titcomb, JoAnn Boettcher and Scott Lockwood greeted and distributed seedlings, planting and care instructions, and Arbor Day Proclamations to all of the first graders in the school.
 
Scott held the young audience in rapt attention with his traditional essay on Arbor Day history, arboreal insights, the importance of conservation, and the everyday utility of trees.
 
Over the nearly 50-year history of the Arbor Day Program, Babylon Rotary has distributed about 100,000 seedlings to elementary school children in our service area. Many stately trees, planted and cared for over the years by eager students, can be seen throughout our community.                                                           
 
Besides staging this year’s Arbor Day celebration, Alice, Josie, and Scott arranged for the purchase, prep and distribution of 1400 seedlings to all first graders in the school districts within Babylon Rotary’s service area. Many thanks to Alice, Josie, Scott and to the good folks of the Babylon Beach House, who made it all possible.