Students Celebrate Arbor Day
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- To celebrate Arbor Day, the Colorado Tree Coalition holds a statewide poster contest allowing elementary students to learn about the history through creating art, and the winners get a special surprise.
Palisade Recreation is sponsoring Taylor Elementary School to incorporate the history of Arbor Day into the school curriculum for first through fifth graders.
They say it's important to teach kids about our environment and how to keep its longevity by keeping it clean and healthy.
"I tried to build up their inspiration with different styles of trees, different artists, different ways of doing things. The big famous tree that we have here in our class is a 'Y' tree, because it's a easy one to know how to do," said Sherri Vicent, the art teacher at Taylor Elementary School.
Arbor Day educates students on how important trees are.
"It looks nice for one, it brings in all sorts of animals, it cleans our air, and it cleans our water. It just takes care of the earth completely. It's just that natural cycle, and without trees, the earth would basically die. It's really important to keep those alive and healthy, and keep planting as much as we can," said Sabrina Jackman, recreation programmer for the Town of Palisade.
Taylor Elementary School's art class required all students first through fifth grade to paint a picture of what they think Arbor Day means.
"We talked about the different colors to look at, thinking of all the beautiful blossoms we have. We talked about fruit trees," said Vicent.
Adding in some friendly competition, the overall fifth grade winner's poster traveled to the State Capitol to compete with others .
"It's important for them to learn to protect the earth at a young age and to understand what we need to do to protect the earth; what the earth does for us, and how to use our resources wisely. As they get older, they can remember that and continue to protect the earth," said Jackman.
The overall winner including all grades will get a tree planted in their honor around the Palisade Fire Department.
"I think it's really good for the community to get more involved, and more involved with the students," said Jackman.
The celebration event for all winners will be held April 12, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Palisade Gym located at 711 Iowa Avenue.
The posters of the top six contestants of each grade will be on display and they will receive ribbons.
Officials say they hope to celebrate Arbor Day again next year by holding the same competition.
Arbor Day is April 26, 2013.