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April 25, 2006                    

 

FIRST LADY MARSHA BARBOUR TO ATTEND ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION BENEFITING GULF COAST CHILDREN

 

(Pass Christian, Mississippi) — First Lady Marsha Barbour and Chuck Leavell, Rolling Stones keyboardist and independent tree farmer, will join First Book and The Abundant Forests Alliance (AFA) on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, to commemorate Arbor Day and celebrate a donation of more than 100,000 books to children in the devastated Gulf Coast Region and in need nationwide.

 

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Arbor Day and benefit the children of the Gulf Coast than with this partnership of First Book and The Abundant Forest Alliance,” Mrs. Barbour said. “Planting a tree to supply the paper for a book that will plant the seed of knowledge in a child is an important step in ensuring a successful future for the State of Mississippi.”

 

The donation was made possible by First Book through a generous contribution from AFA and celebrates the many products, specifically books, created from the renewable forest industry. The Arbor Day event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the DeLisle/Pass Christian Elementary School, where First Lady Marsha Barbour and Mr. Leavell will read a children’s book and plant trees to signify how continued usage of trees to create products such as books is one of the best ways to keep forests flourishing.

 

The donation is part of the AFA’s sponsorship of Book Relief, a First Book initiative and the nation’s most comprehensive program to distribute new books to schools, libraries and individuals devastated by the Gulf Coast hurricanes. The books distributed at the Arbor Day event will be donated to the children for them to keep.