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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'
12:56PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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'Trees are Terrific' is the theme of the state Arbor Day Poster Contest this year.

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced the theme of 2017's fifth grade Arbor Day Poster Contest: "Trees are Terrific … from Berkshires to Bay!"

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

"I am delighted that students from across the Commonwealth continue to participate in the Department of Conservation and Recreation's annual Arbor Day Poster Contest," said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. "Every year the agency receives excellent posters from many of the state's fifth grade students, and I am excited to view this year's creative entries."

First place prizes for the DCR Arbor Day Poster Contest include a tree planting ceremony at the winner's school, a certificate for art and science supplies, and more. Second Place, Third Place, and Honorable Mention winners will also receive art and science supplies.

"The Arbor Day Poster Contest is a fun way for students to use their creativity and put their knowledge about trees to use," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "I encourage all students to consider participating."

Important benefits trees provide the commonwealth include: rhe reduction in energy consumption; the cleaning of both water and air; he reduction of noise pollution; rhe beautification of communities; and the providing of habitats for wildlife.

This year's theme is designed to highlight the importance of trees within Massachusetts’ communities and diverse landscapes throughout the state. Additionally, the Arbor Day Poster Contest combines both art and science in an effort to instill the vital role trees have on the public’s daily lives.

The DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, sponsors the annual contest for fifth graders across the commonwealth. Posters must be submitted by March 15, and the contest is open to all students currently enrolled in the fifth grade. An Arbor Day Poster Contest Guide is available on the DCR website or can be obtained by contacting Mollie Freilicher, 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us.

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