South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2003

2003 Winner
CONWAY STUDENT WINS STATEWIDE CONTEST

(COLUMBIA, SC) - A fifth-grader from Pee Dee Elementary has taken top honors in the SC Arbor Day poster contest. Isiah McCray’s poster of a tree-lined urban street was selected from a field of more than 2,000 entries statewide.

McCray’s prizes include a certificate of recognition, a $200 savings bond and $50 in cash. Pee Dee Elementary will receive a $100 gift certificate to purchase a tree for the school grounds, and McCray’s teacher, Carrie Floyd, will get a $100 award for classroom supplies.

State prizes will be awarded in Arbor Day ceremonies in Columbia on December 5. McCray’s poster will then compete with other state winners across the country. The results of that competition will be announced on National Arbor Day in April.

The contest, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, is administered in SC by the Forestry Commission’s Urban Forestry Program. Prizes are furnished by the SC Urban and Community Forestry Council, the SC Nursery and Landscape Association, and The Garden Club of SC.

This year’s theme, "Trees are Terrific . . . In Cities and Towns,"emphasized the importance of trees in urban settings.

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For more information, contact: Liz Gilland, 803-896-8864


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