Southern Delaware School of the Arts student wins Arbor Day Poster Contest

Amelia Meyer, a fifth-grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, won the Delaware Forest Service’s 2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest, beating entries from more than 3,200 students in 43 classes. “Trees Are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” was the theme chosen to highlight the important role of trees in the health of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The annual contest is open to grade K to 5 students in all Delaware public, private, charter, and home schools. Winners were selected from each county in the following grades: K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5. Posters were evaluated on originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression.

View the complete 2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest winners (with links to high-resolution images).

Amelia Meyer, a fifth-grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, is the winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific… and Perfect for Pollinators!”

 

2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

New Castle County Winners

Kindergarten – Jade Munoz-Martinez – Academia Antonia Alonso, Wilmington
Grades 1-2 – Makalani Collins – Jennie Smith Elementary, New Castle
Grades 3-4 – Madison Butts – Heritage Elementary, Wilmington
Grade 5 – Chase Puszkarczuk – Heritage Elementary, Wilmington

Kent County Winners

Kindergarten – Audriana Friday – Mcilvaine Early Childhood Center, Magnolia
Grades 1-2 – MaKenna Barclay – Nellie Stokes Elementary, Dover
Grades 3-4 – Gianni Coblentz – Hartly Elementary, Hartly
Grade 5 – Jacob Simons – WB Simpson Elementary, Wyoming

Sussex County Winners

Kindergarten – Michael Foracre – Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary, Laurel
Grades 1-2 – Yojana Garcia-Lopez – Mispillion Elementary, Milford
Grades 3-4 – Samantha Geidel – Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Selbyville
Grade 5 – Amelia Meyer – Southern Delaware School of the Arts, Selbyville

Winners will receive their awards from Delaware Governor John Carney at the Delaware Forest Service’s Arbor Day Ceremony in Dover on May 4, 2018. Each winner receives 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, Delaware Forest Service Education Coordinator


2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest for grades K to 5

Perfect for Pollinators Theme for Delaware Arbor Day Poster ContestDOVER– The Delaware Forest Service is now accepting entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for grades K to 5—open to all public, private, and home school students. For the first time, this year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” The contest can teach students about the important role of trees in the well-being of both people and pollinators, such as bees.

In Delaware, Arbor Day is designated as the last Friday in April (April 27, 2018). Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton as an occasion to both celebrate and encourage the planting of trees.

In addition to a chance to win prizes, all students that participate will receive free loblolly pine seedlings, delivered during the last week of April. Teachers must register for the contest by March 15 to reserve free seedlings, and all posters are due March 29, 2018.

 

Registration link: https://2018arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com.

 

Resources and complete rules are at:

Judging will take place at the Delaware Department of Agriculture in Dover and winners announced in early-April. All posters must reflect the 2018 contest theme (“Trees are Terrific… and Perfect for Pollinators!”) Posters will be judged on these four criteria: use of theme, originality, neatness, and artistic expression. Only one first, second, and third place winner from each school will be accepted in each category: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth grade. One winner from each county (New Castle, Kent, Sussex) will be selected in each entry category (K, 1-2, 3-4, 5). From these 12 winners, an overall state winner will be chosen to represent Delaware for the 2018 State Arbor Day Ceremony. All county-level category winners receive:

  • $25.00 gift card
  • 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 printed on canvas and framed for permanent display as a keepsake
  • winning posters will be displayed online (see list below for examples of previous winners)
  • overall state winner will receive all of the above plus an additional $25.00 gift card.

    Previous winners:

Deadline for poster submission: March 29, 2018.

All poster submissions should be addressed to:

Ashley Melvin, Delaware Forest Service
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 698-4551
(800) 282-8685
Email: Ashley Melvin


U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper celebrates “Delaware Arbor Day” at Dover Air Force Base

U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper helped plant an American holly tree at Dover Air Force Base to commemorate Arbor Day in the First State. (photo by John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service).
U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper helped plant an American holly tree at Dover Air Force Base to commemorate Arbor Day in the First State. (photo by John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service).

DOVER, Del. – U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper joined public officials and schoolchildren to observe “Delaware Arbor Day” at Dover Air Force Base, which celebrated its 25th Year as a Tree City USA. The last Friday in April is commemorated as Arbor Day in the First State, an occasion to encourage tree planting and highlight the numerous benefits that trees provide: cleaner air and water, natural beauty, valuable wood products and food, reduced storm water runoff, and improved property values. The ceremony also honored the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual school poster contest and included a ceremonial tree planting of an American holly (Ilex opaca), Delaware’s state tree. Alaina Stecher, a fifth-grader at Christ the Teacher School in Newark, is the statewide winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Trees are terrific… from acorn to oak!”  The complete gallery of winning posters (with links to hi-res images) is at http://delawaretrees.com/2017arbordaypostercontest

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.

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

Col. Randy Boswell, 436th Mission Support Group commander, holds the Tree City USA flag with Master Sgt. Donald Bourne, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airframe powerplant general section chief, and his family April 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bourne's daughter, Audriana, won the Kindergarten-level for Kent County in an Arbor Day poster contest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)
Col. Randy Boswell, 436th Mission Support Group commander, holds the 25th Year Tree City USA flag with Master Sgt. Donald Bourne, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airframe powerplant general section chief, and his family April 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Bourne’s daughter, Audriana, won the Kindergarten-level for Kent County in an Arbor Day poster contest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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This poster by fifth-grader Alaina Stecher of Christ the Teacher School in Newark is the winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Statewide winner Alaina Stecher with (from left) Commander Randy Boswell, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, and U.S. Senator Thomas Carper.
Statewide winner Alaina Stecher with (from left) Col. Randy Boswell, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse, and U.S. Senator Thomas Carper. (photo by John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service)

 

The annual school poster contest is open to all K-5 public, private, and charter schools as well as other organized youth groups and after-school programs. A total of 126 classrooms from 40 schools participated in this year’s contest, with 3,647 students creating original posters. Winners were selected from each county in the following grade categories: K, 1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5. Judging criteria were: originality, use of theme, neatness, and artistic expression. Each winner receives 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. This year, students from the Middletown High School FFA Chapter and senior volunteers from the Modern Maturity Center in Dover wrapped thousands of seedlings for schoolchildren statewide.

This year’s poster contest winners were:

New Castle County

Kindergarten: Emily Najera  — Robert S. Gallaher  Elementary, Newark

Grades 1-2: Amy Tang — Jennie Smith Elementary, New Castle

Grades 3-4: John Chacko —  Christ the Teacher School, Newark

Grade 5:  Alaina Stecher  — Christ the Teacher School, Newark

Kent County

Kindergarten Audriana Bourne  — Major George Welch Elementary, Dover

Grades 1-2: Isabelle Kim —   WB Simpson Elementary, Wyoming

Grade 3-4: Haley Holderman— WB Simpson Elementary, Wyoming

Grade 5: Hailey McCutchan —  Clayton Intermediate School, Clayton

Sussex County

Kindergarten: Maryia Dorakhava —  Rehoboth Elementary, Rehoboth

Grades 1-2: Shannon Scudder —  Lord Baltimore Elementary, Ocean View

Grades 3-4: Amelia Meyer —  Southern Delaware School of Arts, Selbyville

Grade 5: Samuel Winston  —  Winston Learning Academy, Milford

 

 

 


Governor Markell celebrates Arbor Day in Dover

Governor Markell helped plant a new American holly tree outside the Department of Agriculture's headquarters as part of Arbor Day observances in Dover today. Gov. Markell also recognized schoolchildren who won the Forest Service's annual poster contest, as well as the City of Dover for being Delaware's longest-running Tree City USA at 27 years.
Governor Markell helped plant a new American holly tree outside the Department of Agriculture’s headquarters as part of Arbor Day observances in Dover today. Gov. Markell also recognized schoolchildren who won the Forest Service’s annual poster contest, as well as recognizing the City of Dover for being Delaware’s longest-running Tree City USA at 27 years.

Governor Markell joined state officials and members of the General Assembly to honor the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, recognize the City of Dover as the First State’s longest-running Tree City USA, and honor Delmarva Power as a Tree Line USA utility and for its volunteer work in underwriting the cost of Arbor  Day observances throughout the state. The Forest Service also thanked the Governor for his continued support during his administration in the areas of forest conservation, open space preservation, urban and community forestry, and its wildland fire program.

Rain Vasey, a fifth-grade student from Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln, was honored as the winner of the annual Delaware Forest Service School Poster Contest. She also won the award last year as a fourth-grader. The gallery of winning posters can be seen at http://delawaretrees.com/2016arbordaypostercontest

High-resolution images of the ceremony and captions of the photographs are available at http://delawaretrees.com/2016arbordayceremony

Other high-resolution photographs can be downloaded at the Department of Agriculture Flickr Page: https://flic.kr/s/aHskzKxtL2

(from left) Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Rep. David L. Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Governor Jack Markell and Rep. Harvey Kenton congratulate state winner Rain Vasey, fifth-grader at Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln.
(from left) Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Rep. David L. Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Governor Jack Markell and Rep. Harvey Kenton congratulate state Arbor Day Poster Contest winner Rain Vasey, a fifth-grader at Water Girl Farm Academy in Lincoln.

 

From left, Dover City Councilman Fred Neil, Grounds Supervisor George Jamar, Public Works Director Sharon Duca and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen accept an award recognizing the City of Dover as a Tree City USA for 27 years, the longest run of any municipality in the First State. Congratulating them are Rep. David L. Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Governor Jack Markell, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.
From left, Dover City Councilman Fred Neil, Grounds Supervisor George Jamar, Public Works Director Sharon Duca, and Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen accept an award recognizing the City of Dover as a Tree City USA for 27 years, the longest run of any municipality in the First State. Congratulating them are Rep. David L. Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, Governor Jack Markell, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.

 

Governor Markell accepts a commemorative photo frame and Forest Service hat from Delaware Forest Service trainer-educator Ashley Peebles for his many years of supporting the statewide Arbor Day observance.
Governor Markell accepts a commemorative photo frame and Forest Service hat from Delaware Forest Service trainer-educator Ashley Peebles for his many years of supporting the statewide Arbor Day Poster Contest and observance.

 

(from left) Michael Krzyzanowski of Delmarva Power   receives the Tree Line USA Award joined by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, George Vasquez of Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Rep. David L. Wilson, Gov. Jack Markell, Sec. of Agriculture Ed Kee, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.
(from left) Michael Krzyzanowski of Delmarva Power receives the Tree Line USA Award joined by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, George Vasquez of Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Rep. David L. Wilson, Gov. Jack Markell, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, and Rep. Harvey Kenton.


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