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Arbor Day Poster Contest

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Christy Reid, a fifth-grade student at Gloria Deo Academy Home School in Hayden Lake is the Idaho state winner of the 2005 Arbor Day Poster Contest. As the state winner, Reid will receive a $200 U.S. savings bond at the State Arbor Day celebration at the Capitol on April 28, and is entered into the national contest.

Fifth-grade students from across Idaho participated in the contest this year. Students were asked to create a poster reflecting the theme: "Trees are Terrific ... and Energy Wise!"

"This contest offers students throughout Idaho the chance to creatively express important messages regarding trees, one of our most valuable natural resources," said Winston Wiggins, Idaho state forestor and director of IDL. "Students like Christy Reid learn about the value of trees to us and the environment, and the important role we play in managing and caring for them."

Reid's artwork will be printed as a poster and used to promote Arbor Day in 2006. Additionally, her teacher, Kim Washko, will receive $100 in cash for classroom supplies. A tree will also be donated on Reid's behalf for planting on public property in Hayden Lake.

Jonathon Beatty from Seltice Elementary in Post Falls was selected as the second-place winner and Brooke Azzolini from Kimberly Elementary placed third. Beatty will receive a $150 bond and Azzolini will receive a $100 bond. Their teachers will also receive $100 for classroom supplies and a tree for their schools.

Pictures of the winning posters can be viewed at www.idaho.gov/lands. Learn more about Arbor Day and Idaho forests at www.idahoforests.org.