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2015 Poster Contest

Rain Vasey, a Grade 4 student at Watergirl Farm Academy in Lincoln, is the statewide winner of the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Rain Vasey, a Grade 4 student at Watergirl Farm Academy in Lincoln, is the statewide winner of the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Delaware Forest Service’s 2015 Arbor Day Poster Contest and Free Seedling Program

The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information is published in January/February, with awards presented in April or May during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. In addition, the Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, first-served basis.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Kindergarten: Kara Maloney, Harlan Elementary, Wilmington

Grades 1 to 2: Karina Gendron, Jennie Smith Elementary, Newark

Grades 3 to 4: Elena Garber, Christ the Teacher, Newark

Grade 5: Ben Sekowski, Christ the Teacher, Newark

KENT COUNTY

Kindergarten: McKenzie Slaton, Maj. George Welch Elementary, Dover

Grades 1 to 2: Madisyn Woods, Nellie H. Stokes Elementary, Dover

Grades 3 to 4: Liam Wilson, Clayton Elementary, Clayton

Grade 5: Sofia Estrada, Clayton Intermediate, Clayton

SUSSEX COUNTY

Kindergarten: Sydney Johnson, Phillip C. Showell Elementary, Selbyville

Grades 1 to 2: Yael Rivas, Lord Baltimore Elementary, Ocean View

Grades 3 to 4: Rain Vasey, Watergirl Farm Academy, Lincoln

Grade 5: Mercy Winston, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

For more information Email: Ashley Peebles

The 2015 contest theme was “Trees are Terrific… Inside and Out” –  designed to increase student knowledge about how the structural components of trees and how these components help a tree function. This lesson can be adapted for grades K to 5 and makes an excellent addition to units covered in science. The poster contest is an annual way for students to learn more about the role trees play in our communities and schoolyards. The Arbor Day Poster Contest also helps incorporate the importance of trees into classroom learning and help students foster an appreciation for the natural world around them. As always, the Delaware Forest Service also provides all participating classes with free loblolly pine seedlings.

The contest is open to all Delaware students in grades K to 5. Public, private and home schools are encouraged to participate and posters are welcome from after school groups and youth organizations.

Contest registration was at http://2015arbordaycontest.eventbrite.com. Teachers can use the site to:

  1. Register for participation in the contest
  2. Reserve pine seedlings for your class
  3. Access the poster guidelines and rules

Important dates:

State Award Ceremony: May 1, 2015

2014 winning posters:  http://delawaretrees.com/2014arbordaypostercontest.html

Seedling delivery: week of April 20, 2015

2015 Arbor Day in Delaware: April 24

Deadline to register and reserve free seedlings: March 13, 2015