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March 24, 2010

Vermonters ‘Log’ on for Arbor Day Contest

Fairfield 5th Grader Wins Arbor Day Poster Contest

Advances to National Competition

Waterbury, Vt. — How do trees get on the internet? They log on, of course. And that’s what more than 1,500 Vermonters did to cast their vote for Vermont’s 2010 Arbor Day National Poster Contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and the Arbor Day Foundation, asked students to create a poster reflecting the theme “Trees are Terrific … and Energy Wise!” The annual contest educates children about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide.

More than 500 fifth-grade students from Vermont schools participated is this year’s contest and Vermonters were asked last week to cast their online vote for one of five finalists.

When all the votes were tallied, Hannah Earl, a fifth-grader at Fairfield Central School was the winner.

Earl will be honored by Governor Jim Douglas and the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council at a State House ceremony on May 7th, Vermont’s Arbor Day. As Vermont’s winner, Earl will represent the state in the national contest.

“By participating in this fun project, students across the state have learned about, and helped us communicate, the significant role trees play in our environment and our economy,” said Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jason Gibbs. “We hope all Vermonters take time to join us on Arbor Day to celebrate the many benefits of trees.”

The state district finalists whom will also be recognized on May 7th are Erik Thompson – Orleans Elementary; Tausha Wark – Bradford Elementary; Harry Steeler – Clarendon Elementary; and Colby Titus, Reading Elementary School.

Earl’s poster entry will now compete with entries from 49 other state winners for the national title. Vermonters can vote for the winner of the national contest online between March 29-April 2 at The winner will be announced on National Arbor Day, April 30, 2010.

Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 24, 2010 08:09:57