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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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What did the tree see?

Congratulations to Narain and Vivienne, two Beverly Cleary 5th graders, who received honorable mention citations for their submissions to the national What Did The Tree See? essay contest awarded by the Alliance for Community Trees. 

Wonderful job Narain and Vivienne and happy Arbor Month!

What I See by Narain

"I had  lived in a yard for 100 years.  My life was still and dull.  Sometimes I wished that my roots would turn into legs, and I could get up and walk away, but as I sat there my thoughts came to the conclusion of doubt.  However on day my life changed. A boy who I recall was named Ashton, was my new hope for a friend."  Read More


I Am A Tree by Vivienne

"I am a tree

In the winter I smell

I smell the eggnog people are drinking

I feel

I feel the snow landing on by bark

I see I see children planing in the snow

I hear

I hear a fire roaring in the fire place"

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Today, in recognition of the great work by Beverly Cleary students, Tree Steward Volunteers,  Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Public Schools are helping students plant three trees on school grounds.