Arbor Day Art Contest Expands to Private and Home Schools
Annually for the past several years, fifth graders at Edmond Public Schools have put forth effort to consider Edmond’s Urban Forest and create artwork on their interpretation for a contest, leading up to featured events during Arbor Week in March. In 2015, Urban Forestry is excited to announce that the contest will be expanded to allow participation by private schools and home school fifth graders for the first time.
Previously known as the Arbor Day Poster Contest, the Arbor Day Art Contest has historically been an integral part of Edmond’s Arbor Week celebration. First through third place students and an honorable mention from each school will receive prizes and participate in the Arbor Day Art Show at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum this year, and first place students will be recognized at a City Council meeting. The Arbor Day Art Show will remain on display in the museum’s gallery through the month of April. In addition to the contest’s emphasis on creativity, through this program students learn about the importance of trees which plants a seed for future stewardship of the local environment.
Eligible schools must be located within Edmond City Limits or the boundaries of the Edmond Public School district, and entries are due to the Urban Forestry Department by Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. This sounds like a long way off, but because class time is required for students to work on their entries it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
Private school and home school representatives should visit /arbordayart to download the contest rules, register their contact information (not required for home schools), and access the introductory educational curriculum and other important information. Please contact Leigh Martin with any questions (359-4759).