Arbor Day celebrates one of our most valuable natural resources . . . trees! Since 1872, people across the country have set aside the last Friday of April for planting new trees, and caring for and appreciating the trees growing around us. The Arbor Day Foundation used to sponsor a poster contest for students. Now it is run by the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The contest is currently for students in grade 5. Participating classrooms design posters around a tree based theme. Winners are selected by DCR.
Amherst has not been involved for a few years. But our committee would love to partner with grade 5 teachers and join in next year. Contact us!
In 2013, we received 94 entries from all 4 elementary schools. Winners were announced at the Northampton Cooperative Bank and the posters were exhibited at the Amherst Sustainability Festival. We made calendars of the winning posters and gave out prizes sponsored by The Garden Club of Amherst, Wheatberry, Henion Bakery, Amherst Nurseries, Bart's Ice cream, Cowls Building Supply, Cinemark, Amherst Books, Hitchcock Center, Captain Candy, The Goat Girls Brush Clearing and Toy Box. In 2012, we had 88 entries and posters were displayed at the Jones Library and at the Freedom Trails gallery.
To get involved, or for copies of past years' artwork calendars, please contact Nancy Higgins.