NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> The Newtown Borough Recreation Board is hosting its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, May 3 at Officer Brian S. Gregg Memorial Park.
The family friendly and educational event includes music by ECO Man, tree planting, environmental educational stations, nature crafts, and yoga.
Students from Goodnoe Elementary School and local preschools will be in attendance. And local residents are also encouraged to attend. Parents are invited to let children participate in the celebration and experience the fun and educational stations.
To help promote the event, first and fifth students from Goodnoe Elementary participated in Newtown’s Annual Arbor Day Poster Design Contest. Students were encouraged to design a poster illustrating the importance of trees in the world and what Arbor Day means to them.
The result of the challenge is a beautiful collection of children’s artwork that will be displayed at the park during Newtown’s Arbor Day Celebration.
“The poster contest is an important and hands-on component of our Arbor Day Celebration,” said Newtown Borough Recreation Board Member Colleen Curtin. “The event is about celebrating the wonders of nature and challenging the children to become actively involved in caring for the environment. In the process of creating their posters, the children are given the opportunity to express not only their knowledge and feelings about trees but also their concerns for the future of our planet. Trees and the environment are a topic that the children understand and value the importance of based on the considerable number of posters entered into this contest this year. The students at Goodnoe are incredibly talented and the posters are a joy to view.”
Six posters were chosen from the entries judged by a panel that included Newtown Borough Police Chief, James Sabath, landscape designer, Karen Waitkus, and Newtown Borough Council Representative, Tara Grunde-McLaughlin.
The winners are Jessica Wu, Emma Sherman, Shayla Schneider (representing 1st grade) and Vivi Kim, Lorelei Demskis, Aislinn Leach (representing 5th grade). Adeline Joyce received an honorable mention. They will be acknowledged at the Newtown Arbor Day event on Friday, May 3 at Brian S. Gregg Memorial Park on North Congress Street in Newtown Borough (rain date May 7).
The winning posters can be seen below and are displayed in storefronts throughout the Newtown area and at Goodnoe Elementary School. This event is sponsored by First National Bank of Bucks County, The Newtown Rotary Club and 3D Printing and Copy Center.
Newtown Arbor Day Poster Winners