FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2010
Fifth-Graders honored as Washington Arbor Day Poster Contest winners
Sun’s poster will represent Washington in national competition
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the winners of the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Yvonne Sun, a fifth-grader at Clyde Hill Elementary School in Clyde Hill, has been named the Washington State’s 2010 winner of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Arbor Day Poster Contest. You can view the winning posters here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wastatednr/
“Healthy trees are an essential part of Washington’s heritage,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “This poster contest creates an awareness for students of how important trees are to their communities.”
The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban and Community Forestry Program coordinates the poster contest in Washington State on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Every year, Washington State fifth-graders participate in this contest. Schools choose a poster from those created by their students for the final state competition. The purpose of the national poster contest is to promote an awareness of trees and the diverse benefits they offer.
Sun’s poster entry will now compete with entries from 49 other state winners for the national title. Washington residents can vote for the winner of the national contest online at www.arborday.org .The national awards will be announced during special ceremonies on National Arbor Day, April 30, at the National Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Two other entries received special recognition for their posters.
- Stella Won of Fisher’s Landing Elementary, Vancouver: 2nd place poster winner
- Ciana Yi of Fisher’s Landing Elementary, Vancouver: 3rd place poster winner
Sun will receive a $100 savings bond, an ice cream party for her class to celebrate her achievement, and Arbor Day patches for her entire class. Won and Yi will each receive a $50 savings bond, as well as Arbor Day patches for their classmates.
This year’s state poster contest was financed by Puget Sound Energy as part of a larger effort to coordinate Arbor Day events around the state. The theme of this year’s national contest was: “Trees are Terrific… and Energy Wise!”
For more information about the Arbor Day poster contest or community and urban forestry, please contact DNR Urban Forestry Program Manager Sarah Foster at 1-800-523-8733.
April 14th is, officially, Arbor Day in Washington, while National Arbor Day is celebrated April 30th.
Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Community Outreach/Environmental Education, 360-902-1122, and firstname.lastname@example.org
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