By Press Reports
Molly Oswalt, a fifth grade student from Ackerman Elementary School in Ackerman, won 1st place in the statewide Arbor Day Poster Contest. Over 1116 students from 67 schools across the state of Mississippi participated in the contest. Her homeroom teacher Mrs. Carrie Smith also won a prize for the winning poster. Each year the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and the Mississippi Forestry Commission hosts the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest among 5th grade students statewide. The contest has been a forestry tradition for over 20 years. This year the competition received a record number of entries and the theme of the poster contest for 2012 was “Happy Trees, Happy People”. “The annual poster contest provides students and teachers an opportunity to learn more about forests and the benefits that trees and forests bring to our lives and communities, as well as, learning about stewardship.” Donna Yowell, executive director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council. Sponsors of the 2012 competition include the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, the USDA Forest Service, the Southern Group of State Foresters and 4 County Electric. Students and teachers participating in the annual competition have a chance to win over $1,000 in cash prizes for winning poster entries. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council is the leading statewide non- profit providing education on ‘green infrastructure’ and forestry to citizens, community leaders and professionals. You can learn more about the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and it’s programs by visiting us at www.msurbanforest.com.