Arbor Day celebrates 1 of our most valuable natural resources...trees! Since 1872, people across the country have set aside the last Friday of April for planting new trees, and caring for and appreciating the trees growing around us. The Arbor Day Foundation used to sponsor a poster contest for students but stopped in 2010. Our committee then decided to take it on locally and organize it in the schools for grades 4 to 6.
Last year, we received 94 entries from all 4 elementary schools. Winners were announced at the Northampton Cooperative Bank on May 2nd 2013. All posters were exhibited at the Amherst Sustainability Festival. Prizes were sponsored by The Garden Club of Amherst, Wheatberry, Henion Bakery, Amherst Nurseries, Bart's Ice cream, Cowls Building Supply, Cinemark, Amherst Books, Hitchcock Center, Captain Candy, The Goat Girls Brush Clearing and Toy Box. In 2012, we had 88 entries and posters were displayed at the Jones Library and at the Freedom Trails gallery. This year, we had to cancel the contest, but our committee will be organizing it again in 2015. To get involved or for copies of last year's artwork calendar, please contact Nancy Higgins.