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Fourth and fifth-grade classes urged to enter WV Arbor Day Poster Contest

Theme for 2019 is ‘Trees are Terrific … In the Right Place’; Free educational guide available

Press Release from the West Virginia Division of Forestry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia fourth and fifth grade students can showcase their artistic talents by creating posters for the 2019 Arbor Day contest.

The poster theme is “Trees are Terrific … in the Right Place.”

The poster shown is the 2018 West Virginia Arbor Day state winner in the fourth grade division. The artist was from Neale Elementary in Vienna.

The West Virginia 2019 poster contest is presented by West Virginia Division of Forestry (WV DOF), the Urban & Community Forestry Council and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

Teachers whose classrooms will participate in the contest can ask for a free educational guide from the state DOF. The guide includes in-depth lesson plans, hands-on activities and contest information.

The theme for the 2018 West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest was “Trees Are . . . Tropical.” The winner in the fifth grade division was from Vienna Elementary School in Vienna. The theme for the 2019 poster contest is “Trees are Terrific . . . in the Right Place.”

“The teachers can use the guide to teach children about the subject before the students make their posters,” said Andy Sheetz, state contest coordinator and WV DOF partnership coordinator. “Through this contest, students have the opportunity to learn about the environmental benefits of trees and develop an appreciation of what they provide us.”

Each school may submit one entry for fourth grade and one for fifth grade. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. A state winner will be selected from the fourth grade and fifth grade poster entries.

The educational activity guide, contest rules and other information are available by contacting Partnership Coordinator Sheetz [email protected], 304-382-9574 or contacting his office at West Virginia Division of Forestry, #7 Players Club Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

National Arbor Day takes place April 26, 2019. Arbor Day has taken place each year since 1872 to celebrate the importance of trees and to encourage tree planting.

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