CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is calling on teachers to showcase their students’ talents in the DOF’s 2013 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is "Trees Are … Energy Savers!"
The contest is open to all fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students in the Mountain State. One state winner from each grade will receive a $50 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.
"Not only are trees beautiful and beneficial to wildlife, they also are a valuable source of renewable energy," said Andy Sheetz of the Division of Forestry. "By properly locating and planting trees around their homes, people can conserve energy, lessen the use of nonrenewable fossil fuels, save money, increase property value and help the environment."
Contest submissions are being accepted now through March 1, 2013.
Contact Andy Sheetz at email@example.com or phone 304-558-1264 for a poster contest guide that contains educational activities. Information may also be downloaded from www.wvforestry.com/arbor.cfm. Posters must meet contest rules to be eligible for prizes.
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Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov
Andy Sheetz, Partnership Coordinator, 304-558-1264, Andy.i.Sheetz@wv.gov