Arbor Day

Governor Carney (at right) joined officials and students to plant a hawthorn tree at the St. Jones Reserve for Arbor Day.
Ellie Merrick, a 5th-grader at Southern Delaware School of Arts, won the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Each year, Delaware celebrates the last Friday in April as “Arbor Day,” an occasion to plant trees and spotlight the numerous natural benefits that trees provide. Established by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, it is estimated that one million trees were planted on the very first Arbor Day.

Arbor Day observances are also an integral part of community recognition programs such as Tree Campus USA, Tree City USA, and Delaware’s Tree Friendly Community Award, as well as qualifying for a financial award from the Urban Grant Program.

In 2018, Governor John C. Carney, Jr. joined state representatives, cabinet secretaries, students, teachers, and invited guests for the Delaware Arbor Day Celebration at St. Jones Reserve in Dover on Friday, May 4. Governor Carney honored the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day School Poster Contest, including Statewide Winner Amelia Meyer of Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville. The 2018 poster contest theme was “Trees are Terrific… and Perfect for Pollinators!” The Governor also honored representatives from some of Delaware’s 17 Tree City USA communities.

This year’s ceremony will be held in Dover on Friday, April 26 to commemorate the City of Dover’s 30th Anniversary as a Delaware Tree City USA. Winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest will also be recognized.

This year, Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, was named the Overall State Winner of the Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific… in Cities and Towns!” 

Click here for a photo gallery of the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest winners

2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

New Castle  
Kindergarten Avery Thomas — Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, Middletown
Grades 1-2 Lydia Sperati — Jennie Smith Elementary, Newark
Grades 3-4 Patricia Gomes —  All Saints Catholic School, Wilmington
Grade 5 Jayden Fuller  — Brandywine Springs Elementary, Wilmington
Kent  
Kindergarten Abigail Carter — McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Magnolia
Grades 1-2 Bella Cooper — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Grades 3-4 Sarah Armstrong —  Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Grade 5 Sophia Yuckel  — Allen Frear Elementary, Camden
Sussex  
Kindergarten Loana Marquez Mendez — H.O. Brittingham Elementary, Milton
Grades 1-2 Zoe Bontrager-Thomas — Mispillion Elementary, Milford
Grades 3-4 Ava Strong — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville
Grade 5 Ellie Merrick  — Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville

Each poster contest winner received a tree-themed book and a print reproduction of their poster on fine art canvas. Thanks to corporate sponsor Delmarva Power, a free tree planting ceremony will also be held at each winner’s school. In addition, every participating classroom receives free pine seedlings for all participants. Once again this year, students from the Middletown High School FFA Chapter and senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover are wrapping thousands of seedlings to distribute to schoolchildren statewide. Check out the previous year’s winners:

For more information, email: Ashley Melvin

Additional photos of the event can be found at the Delaware Forest Service’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/delforestservice.

Past celebrations:

The Delaware Forest Service also sponsors an annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest for Delaware schoolchildren in grades K to 5 for all public, private, home, and charter schools.

Arbor Day Poster Contest

Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, is the overall State Winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s 2019 Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific… in Cities and Towns!” — chosen to highlight the numerous benefits of trees in community settings. Twelve winners were …