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date 04/12/99

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Nebraska City, Neb., April 12, 1999--Place Middle School, Denver, Colorado, will receive a National Arbor Day Foundation 1999 Education Award at a special awards ceremony to be held here Saturday, May 1. Education Awards recognize educational programs that are worthy models for others.

Place Middle School is recognized for the exemplary environmental restoration work on its campus. Originally built on a landfill and almost bare of trees, the school collaborated with the USDA Forest Service, Denver Parks and Recreation, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife to create an outdoor classroom. Today this space gives students, faculty, and others a place to eat lunch, enjoy the environment, and learn about environmental stewardship.

will attend the 27th annual National Arbor Day Foundation Awards banquet to receive the award. The ceremony is part of the Arbor Day weekend celebration held in Nebraska City from April 30-May 2.

Others being honored this year include the other 1999 Education Award winners: Andersen Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska, recognized for the tree planting and environmental work on its campus; and the Cenla Pride Environmental Museum and Camp, Alexandria, Louisiana.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship.

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