Fifth graders invited to submit posters for Arbor Day contest

CHARLOTTE — Break out your crayons and markers. The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is happy to announce the 2018 Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest.

Last year, MADA re-launched this program and had a lot of fantastic entries mailed in.

“We loved seeing the creativity and talent of our Michigan 5th graders,” said Jennifer Hunnell, program coordinator. “We are bringing this contest back again for 2018.”

This will be a statewide contest open to all fifth grade students.

Trees are connected to so many things and are so important, both to us and to the animals that need them. And so next year’s theme will be: “Trees for Life.”

Students are encouraged to use their imagination to create an original poster featuring the theme. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen by popular vote. Prizes will include a gift certificate for the winning student, a tree planting for the school or community, and a gift card for the participating teacher to help purchase classroom supplies. The first place winner will also be invited to be recognized at the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing.

Trees are great teaching tools. Teachers can include this contest into lesson plans by discussing the importance of trees and their many uses and benefits. Classroom activities and lesson plans can be found on MADA’s website at

All entries must be received by mail by March 5, 2018. See the contest rules and download an Entry Form at

If you have any questions, contact Hunnell at 517-588-6302 or emailing