2016 Arbor Day School Poster Contest winners

Rain Vasey, a 5th-grader at Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln, is the winner of the Delaware Forest Service's 2016 Arbor Day School Poster Contest.
Rain Vasey, a 5th-grader at Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln, won the Delaware Forest Service’s 2016 Arbor Day School 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. First established in the United States by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 (almost a hundred years before Earth Day was introduced), an estimated one million trees were planted in Nebraska 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.

The Delaware Forest Service sponsors an annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest for Delaware schoolchildren in grades K to 5 for all public, private, home, and charter schools. The winners receive a tree planting at their school, a gift card, a tree-themed book, and an invitation for them and their family to attend the State Arbor Day event with Governor Markell on May 12.  Click here to see (high-resolution) images of the 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners.

For more information, contact Ashley Peebles, 302-698-4551 or Ashley.Peebles@delaware.gov.

New Castle County Winners
Kindergarten  Julianna Mendoza-Salinas  Gallaher Elementary – Newark
Grade 1-2  Bradley Dunk  Jennie Smith Elementary – Newark
Grade 3-4  Krupa Movva  Linden Hill Elementary – Wilmington
Grade 5  Erin Danese  Christ the Teacher – Newark
Kent County Winners
Kindergarten  Taylor Keener  Major George Welch Elementary – Dover
Grade 1-2  Julianna Williams  Sunnyside Elementary – Smyrna
Grade 3-4  Haley Holderman  W.B. Simpson Elementary – Wyoming
Grade 5  Farrah Charles  John Bassett Moore – Smyrna
Sussex County Winners
Kindergarten  Nilam Siphavanh  Phillip C. Showell Elementary – Selbyville
Grade 1-2  Jasmin Malik  Richard Shields Elementary – Lewes
Grade 3-4  Samuel Winston  Winston Learning Academy – Milford
Grade 5  Rain Vasey  Water Girl Farm Academy – Lincoln