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01/17/2012 ~ More than 400 Fourth Graders within Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Service Area will help mark Arbor Day 2012 by planting a tree and becoming a member of the Fourth Grade Foresters program.

The program’s goal is to help revitalize the observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Additionally, the program helps students become stewards of the community by showing them that they can make a difference by simply planting and caring for a tree.

While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. This year the state of Florida will observe Arbor Day on Friday, January 20th. Fourth grade students in all elementary schools within KEYS’ Service Area will receive a Sabal Palm seedling this week to take home and plant. The Sabal Palm was selected as it is the official state tree of Florida.

“KEYS has a longstanding relationship with schools within our Service Area and this is yet another program that allows us to help spread a green message to the young members of our community,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. For more information on KEYS’ green offerings, log on to and click on the “Growing Greener Every Day” icon.

*Photo Caption: KEYS’ General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda (far right) and Poinciana Elementary School Principal Steve Vinson (far left) join fourth grade members of Poinciana’s Student Council to display the Sabal Palm seedlings all fourth grade students within KEYS’ Service Area will be receiving this week in observance of Arbor Day on Friday, January 20th. (Back row, from left) Vinson, Hunter Oropeza, Daniel Davila, Jazlyn Yarbrough, Angel Messenger, Aiden Garcia, and Tejeda. (Front row, from left) Elyssa Walterson, Angie Suri, and Curtis Knowles.

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