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Bentonville Planting More Than 1,000 Trees for “Make A Difference Day”

Posted: October 24 2013

Volunteers will be planting trees to “Make a Difference” in Bentonville and leave a legacy for future generations

WHO: The project is a collaboration between the City of Bentonville, Walmart, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arvest Bank, Crossland Construction, and Bentonville Public Schools. Each site has been adopted by an organization. Walmart employees are volunteering to plant trees on Walton Boulevard. Staff at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has accepted planting duties along John De Shield Boulevard and Central Avenue. Employees with the City of Bentonville will plant trees at Old Tiger Stadium and SW I Street. Bentonville School District students, teachers and families have adopted the Mary Mae Jones site. Arvest Bank is thanking all of the volunteers with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Development Building at 305 SW A Street.

WHAT: More than 200 volunteers will be planting more than 1,000 trees purchased with the $25,000 donation made by Walmart as part of Make a Difference Day, a nationwide community service day on October 26. Trees will be planted in Bentonville along Walton Boulevard, John DeShields Boulevard, East Central Avenue, SW I Street, Mary Mae Jones Elementary, and Old Tiger Stadium. Crews with the City of Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Crossland Construction have been digging holes for the past week. Trees are being delivered to the sites on Friday. Saturday morning volunteers will begin planting trees.

WHY: Each fall, communities across the state show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign, by recruiting volunteers to take on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects. The City of Bentonville has participated in this campaign for over five years. This year, to make a bigger impact, city officials decided to coordinate this annual event with Make a Difference Day, October 26, the largest national day of community service promoted by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light. The goal is to plant 1026 trees by 10/26 that will leave a legacy of trees for future generations.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013

WHERE: Bentonville on sites along Walton Boulevard, John DeShields Boulevard, Mary Mae Jones Elementary, Old Tiger Stadium, East Central Avenue, and SW I Street.

MEDIA CONTACT: Troy Galloway, City of Bentonville Community and Economic Development Director, 479-271-3126