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Paul Duke STEM High School students, faculty and Peachtree Corners elected officials celebrated Arbor Day by planting three Serviceberry trees on school grounds.

Paul Duke STEM High School students, faculty and Peachtree Corners elected officials celebrated Arbor Day by planting three Serviceberry trees on school grounds Monday.

It was the school’s fourth Arbor Day event. During the event students learned proper tree pruning techniques and guidelines for watering newly planted trees. The event was hosted by the city of Peachtree Corners, and Mayor Mike Mason, council members Phil Sadd, Eric Christ and Jeanne Aulbach joined the celebration.

“Trees are an essential part of the city,” Aulbach said. “A healthy urban forest provides benefits including air and water pollution mitigation, habitat for wildlife and stormwater runoff reduction.”

Residents Carol and Mark Reifenberger won the largest tree contest by finding it in Simpsonwood Park. It measured a 67 diameter breast height.

All participants took home wildflower seeds. Peachtree Corners was recently recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City USA.” There are 155 Tree Cities USA in Georgia and nearly 30% of the state’s population resides in a Tree City. Nationwide, there are more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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