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MERIDIAN-- A beautiful afternoon in Meridian made for a perfect day to celebrate Arbor Day at Siena Elementary School.

Mayor Tammy de Weerd was on hand as the city received the Tree City USA designation. That's given out by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, if a city meets four guidelines.

One of those includes the city spending at least $2 per capita on a community forestry program.

Sixth grade class president Carson Smith helped plant a tree at the school. He says it was great to support city parks and make the school look beautiful.

It's also great because it gives some of the young grades more information they probably need to know about trees, to know that they're important, said Carson.

Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway says the city is also planning to add 1,000 trees to Kleiner Park when it opens in June. That will more than double to number of trees in city parks.

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