Poetry contest

Arbor Day Poetry Contest Deadline Extended – Union County, New Jersey

Union County, NJ – In recognition of Arbor Day, the Union County Board of Commissioners is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Council to sponsor the contest annual Arbor Day poetry for Union County students. The registration deadline has been extended until March 26, 2021.

“The County Board of Commissioners is proud of our teachers and students who participate in Arbor Day, a national celebration of stewardship,” said County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Trees are a key resource in our densely developed region and we take the preservation of this community asset very seriously.”

Participation in the Arbor Day Poetry Contest is organized by schools. Each school in Union County received information about their students’ participation in the competition. For more information, directors and staff may contact Madeline Brigantino, Union County Department of Engineering, Works and Facilities Management at mbrigantino@ucnj.org or 908-789-3653.

The poetry contest offers Union County students, currently enrolled in grades 4-8, the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Arbor Day by encouraging them to portray the importance of trees in the natural environment and man-made landscapes, focusing on the benefits, beauty and contributions of trees to our communities.

All the poems received will be classified by level and judged. A winner will be chosen for first, second and third place at each grade level. Winners will be invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony on April 29 at 7:00 p.m. and will be publicly recognized by the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Arbor Day has been a national celebration since 1872, encouraging the public to plant and care for trees. This year, it will be celebrated on Friday, April 30.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Kean University Drive-Through Testing Center, walk-in sites at mobile testing unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.


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