South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2002

FIFTH GRADERS ELIGIBLE FOR CASH AND PRIZES

(Columbia,SC) - Calling all South Carolina fifth graders . . . with a little creativity, you might get to represent your school in a statewide contest and maybe even win a cash prize. Itís time for the annual Arbor Day poster contest, sponsored by the Forestry Commission, National Arbor Day Foundation, and the Toyota Motor Company.

This yearís poster theme is "Trees are Terrific . . . from Acorns to Oaks". Forestry Commission contest manager Liz Gilland said the young artists should illustrate the importance of oaks historically, socially, aesthetically, or commercially.

Gilland, who manages the Commissionís Urban Forestry program, said the theme reflects the results of a nationwide opinion poll on trees. The poll, conducted by the National Arbor Day Foundation, shows most people think the oak is Americaís most appropriate tree symbol.

Contest rules, lesson plans, and background material have already been mailed to fifth grade teachers statewide. Teachers are asked to incorporate the materials into their teaching regimen and encourage students to produce appropriate contest entries.

Each school should select its best entry and submit it to Gilland no later than November 15. At the state level, posters will be judged on originality, composition, and artistic interpretation of the contest theme.

The overall state winner will be announced on December 6, South Carolinaís official Arbor Day. Prizes awarded the artist will include a $200 savings bond, $50 in cash, and a book about trees. South Carolinaís winning poster will be automatically entered in the national contest.

For additional contest information, teachers should contact Gilland by e-mail at lgilland@forestry.state.sc.us or by phone at 803-896-8864.

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