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Arbor Day Poster Contest

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The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information packets are mailed every January, with awards presented in April during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. The Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, first-served basis.

The annual Arbor Day Poster Contest is designed to teach students about forests and forest resources. Participating in the poster contest is a way to learn more about the role of trees in our state and their direct impact on the health and well-being of Delaware residents.

THEME

This year’s theme is: “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!”

ELIGIBILITY

The Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to kindergarten through fifth grade students. The contest is open to all public, private, and home school students. Every student who participates in the contest will receive a loblolly pine seedling. The Arbor Day Poster Contest is a fun way to celebrate Arbor Day with your students. Arbor Day in Delaware is designated as the last Friday in April (April 27, 2018). All teachers who plan on participating in the Arbor Day Poster Contest must register by March 15th to reserve your seedlings (posters are due March 29, 2018). Please register at https://2018arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com.

FREE SEEDLING PROGRAM

All students and classes that participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest are eligible to receive free loblolly pine seedlings. Seedlings will be delivered to schools the last week of April –just in time for perfect planting weather. When you register for the contest you will also register for your free seedlings.

Please register at https://2018arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com before March 15, 2018.

Deadline for poster submission: March 29, 2018

POSTER CRITERIA

  1. Posters must be the original work of the student. The use of cartoons characters or television figures is not acceptable. Many of these figures are copyrighted and cannot be reprinted.
  2. Posters must be created in the specified medium and adhere to size limits. Posters may be done in marker, crayon, watercolor, ink, acrylic, colored pencil, pastels, or tempera paint. Collages are NOT acceptable. Computer-generated art or computer generated printing are NOT acceptable. Posters must be between 8 ½” X 11″ and 14″ X 18″ in size.
  3. Poster must be complete. All art work on the poster must be finished. The student’s name must be written or signed in the lower right-hand corner on the front of the poster. (First name and last name initial is acceptable, i.e. Ashley P.)
  4. Poster must have completed Winner Report Form (last page in this packet) attached to the back of the poster. Please attach it to the back of the poster with tape, do not staple.
  5. Posters can be sent rolled. Do not fold the posters in any manner. Do not mat, mount, or frame the posters.
  6. The posters must reflect the contest theme. The theme “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” MUST be written on the front of the poster. Please see “State Competition Judging Criteria” below for reference. Make sure the student makes the theme noticeable-it should grab your attention. Visit the google drive for resources designed to introduce this theme to your students: https://goo.gl/DcmMnj
  7. All words must be legible and correctly spelled. Any posters submitted with spelling mistakes will be disqualified from the state competition. Teachers may write (not type) the theme on the poster for students in Kindergarten only.

SELECTING SCHOOL WINNERS

Only ONE first, second, and third place winner from each of the following entry categories will be accepted from each school for the state competition:

  • KINDERGARTEN
  • FIRST & SECOND GRADE
  • THIRD & FOURTH GRADE
  • FIFTH GRADE

NOTE: If all of the first grade and second grade classes in your school are participating; only the best three posters should be submitted. The teacher of students with winning entries in any of the above categories is responsible for completing a Winner Report Form (last page in this packet). Please attach the form to the back of the poster with tape.

SELECTING SCHOOL JUDGES

There are many people within your school and your community who might be willing to judge the school poster contest:

  • Fellow teachers (current and retired), librarians, school nurses, janitors, etc.
  •  Volunteers active in school support groups and projects
  • Community business people
  • People involved with environmental issues or organizations

SEND WINNING ENTRIES TO:

Ashley Melvin
Delaware Department of Agriculture
2320 South DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
302-698-4551

Deadline for poster submission: March 29, 2018

STATE COMPETITION JUDGING CRITERIA

On a scale of 1-5, the following areas are used to judge posters on the county and state level. Please keep this in mind when selecting your school representatives.

  • USE OF THEME
  • ORIGINALITY
  • NEATNESS
  • ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

Judges will be selected by the Contest Coordinator and judging will take place at the Delaware Department of Agriculture in Dover. All Winners will be announced in early April.

PRIZES AWARDED TO WINNERS

A county winner will be selected for each entry category (K, 1-2, 3-4, 5). From these 12 winners, a state winner will be selected to represent Delaware as we celebrate Arbor Day 2018. Please note the National Arbor Day Foundation is no longer hosting the National Poster Contest for fifth grade winners. The Delaware Forest Service is committed to continuing the Arbor Day Poster Contest at the state level.

County winners receive:

  • $25.00 gift card (savings bonds are now electronic and not set up for state agency purchase)
  • ceremonial tree planting held at their school
  • invitation to the State Arbor Day Ceremony (attended by the Governor)
  • “Tree inspired” children’s book
  • winning posters will be reprinted on canvas and framed for display throughout the year at state events and will be return to winner as a keepsake
  • winning posters will be displayed online Please visit: http://delawaretrees.com/arbor-day/arbor-day-poster-contest/2017-poster-contest to see the 2017 winners. This can help get a sense of what the judges look for in a winning poster.

The State winner will receive all of the above plus an additional $25.00 gift card.

Deadline for poster submission: March 29, 2018

RESOURCE INFORMATION:

 

 

WINNING ENTRY REPORT FORM

Grades K-5 Arbor Day Poster Contest

Teachers should complete this form for each winning entry and attach it to the back of the poster with tape (Please do not staple). Send winning entry and completed form to the state coordinator at the address below. Please note that posters sent to the state coordinator will not be returned.

RETURN TO:

Ashley Melvin

Delaware Forest Service

2320 South DuPont Highway

Dover, Delaware 19901

(302) 698-4551

(800) 282-8685

DEADLINE: March 29, 2018

 

2018 Theme:

Trees Are Terrific …and Perfect for Pollinators!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Deadline to register and reserve free seedlings: March 15
Deadline to submit posters for state contest: March 31
Arbor Day in Delaware: April 28
Seedling delivery: early April

Click the following links for resources, forms and guidelines:

Check out the previous year’s winners:

 

2017 Poster Contest

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2016 Poster Contest

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2015 Poster Contest

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2014 Poster Contest

Isabella Garber, a fifth-grader at Christ the Teacher School in Newark, was named the statewide winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2014 Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are terrific… in cities and towns!” – chosen to highlight the importance of trees in community forests throughout the First State. Click here to …

2013 Poster Contest

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2012 Poster Contest

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2011 Poster Contest

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2010 Poster Contest

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2009 Poster Contest

The Delaware Department of Agriculture, Forest Service section (DFS) annually sponsors an Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-4. In addition, we administer a National Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation for fifth grade students only. Information packets on the Poster contests are mailed to Delaware …

2008 Poster Contest

The Delaware Department of Agriculture, Forest Service section (DFS) annually sponsors an Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-4. In addition, we administer a National Arbor Day Poster Contest sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation for fifth grade students only. Information packets on the Poster contests are mailed to Delaware …

2007 Poster Contest

The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for Delaware school children in grades K-5. Poster contest information packets are mailed every January, with awards presented in April during our annual Arbor Day Ceremony. The Delaware Forest Service also distributes free pine seedlings annually to Delaware elementary school children on a first-come, …