Goodnoe Elementary School first and fifth grade students recently competed in Newtown’s annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest. Students were encouraged to design a poster illustrating the importance of trees in our world.
The result of the challenge is a beautiful collection of children’s artwork that will be displayed on Friday, April 26th at Brian Gregg Memorial Park during Newtown’s Arbor Day Celebration.
“The poster contest is an important and hands-on component of our Arbor Day Celebration,” says Arbor Day Committee Member, Amy Moore.
“The event is about celebrating the wonders of nature and challenging the children to become actively involved in caring for our environment. In the process of creating their posters, the children are given the opportunity to express not only their knowledge of and feelings about trees, but also their concerns for the future of our planet. The environment is clearly a topic the children are understanding the importance of based on the unprecedented number of poster entries this year.”
Six posters were chosen from many entries judged by a panel that included Borough Mayor Dennis O’Brien, Rotary Club representative Marge Torongo, Borough Councilman Perry Warren, Trove owner Christine Edmonds, past Park and Recreation president Heidi Adams, and landscape designer Karen Waitkus.
The winners, Tali Deutsch, Anish Heda, Eliana Vovk (first grade), Gulia Strokin, Sarah Porter and Caralyn Coolidge (fifth grade) will be acknowledged at the Newtown Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 26th at Brian S. Gregg Memorial Park on North Congress Street in Newtown Borough (rain date April 29th).
The winning posters will be on display in storefronts throughout the Newtown area, on the Newtown and Council Rock School District websites, and at Goodnoe Elementary School.
PHOTO CAP: Caralyn Coolidge’s Arbor Day poster entry