Arbor Day in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Marci Catlett to be honored.

Arbor Day began 150 years ago on the prairies of Nebraska.

Fredericksburg is getting a jump on this year’s sesquicentennial celebration, however, today with its Arbor Day event at 10 AM on the steps of the downtown library. It will carry on a tradition that started in 1988. The tradition has continued unabated – save for 2021 when no event was held due to COVID – though no record is available for the years 1989 – 1996.

An individual or organization are honored annually, and this year’s recipient is Dr. Marci Catlett, superintendent of Fredericksburg City Schools.

Dr. Catlett spoke with the Advance on Tuesday and said “On behalf of the FCPS Family, I am both honored and humbled to receive the Arbor Day Recognition and Tree Dedication. We are fortunate to be in a community that values the importance of environmental awareness and preservation. ‘He that plants trees, lovers others besides himself.’”

She continued, “I am grateful that as a community we stand firm in our collective commitment to make the world a better place.”

Previous honorees have included Anne Rowe (2009), Anne and Carl Little (2014), John Tippett (2015), and Mary Katherine Greenlaw (2023).

The public is invited to attend today’s ceremony.

by Martin Davis