Babler Elementary student wins 2013 Missouri Arbor Day Poster Contest

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WILDWOOD, Mo. — Julie Thompson, a fifth-grade student at Babler Elementary School, recently won the 2013 Missouri Arbor Day Poster Contest. There were more than 1,200 entries from fifth-grade students all over Missouri.

Julie was honored at a ceremony on April 5, Missouri Arbor Day, at her school. She received a $100 Visa gift card from Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and a framed certificate from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). She also planted a commemorative tree on the school grounds to recognize her achievement.

Her poster was selected by a panel of foresters and members of the Missouri Community Forestry Council. The contest, sponsored by MDC, the Missouri Community Forestry Council, and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, asked students to create a poster reflecting the theme “I like trees because they keep our water clean and healthy.”