The Delaware Forest Service is accepting entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, open to all public, private, and homeschool students.

This year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators.” The contest can teach students about the role of trees in the wellbeing of people and pollinators.

In addition to a chance to win prizes, students who participate will receive free loblolly pine seedlings, delivered during the last week of April. Teachers must register for the contest by March 15 to reserve free seedlings, and all posters are due March 29.

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Judging will take place at the Delaware Department of Agriculture in Dover, and winners announced in early-April. Posters will be judged on use of theme, originality, neatness and artistic expression. Only one first-, second-, and third-place winner from each school will be accepted in each category: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade and fifth grade. One winner from each county — New Castle, Kent and Sussex — will be selected in each entry category. From these 12 winners, an overall state winner will be chosen to represent Delaware for the 2018 State Arbor Day Ceremony. All county-level category winners receive a $25 gift card, a ceremonial tree planting held at their school and a tree-inspired children’s book. Winning posters will be printed on canvas, framed for permanent display as a keepsake and displayed online. The overall state winner will receive all of the above plus a $25 gift card.

Poster submissions should be addressed to Ashley Melvin, Delaware Forest Service, 2320 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901.

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