Bloomington is a Tree City USA community for the 25th straight year

By Paul Strater

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 9:32 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- This year, the Arbor Day foundation awarded the designation yet again.

For the last 25 years, the city of Bloomington has been a "Tree City USA Community"

This year, the Arbor Day foundation awarded the designation yet again.

Students at Benjamin Elementary School took part in the award ceremony.

The highlight of the day was watching a "tree spade" plant a tree in 30 seconds.

Children then got to help finish the planting process.

A tree city must have a forestry department, a tree care ordinance and a forestry budget of at least two dollars per resident.

Bloomington's mayor says its important for the kids to see this process.

"Coming out here, and we go to a different school each year, gives the kids a sense of 'we know it's important to'. Plus, they get the entertainment value of seeing the big tree spade plant the trees," said Mayor Steve Stockton of the City of Bloomington.

The tree that was planted was a Northern Red Oak.

Kids got to take home a seedling for them to plant in their yards.