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Posted on: January 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] 2017 Arbor Day Student Art & Essay Contest

To celebrate Westmont’s Tree City USA 21st Anniversary, the Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission (EIC) has announced the 2017 Annual Arbor Day Student Art & Essay Contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students who either live in Westmont or attend a school located in Westmont. “Trees are important to our community and we hope to encourage students to appreciate the many gifts and benefits that trees provide to our community," said EIC Secretary Mary Gabryel. Submissions can be made online now through Sunday, April 2. Following are some of the contest details:

* The theme for the project is “Gifts Trees Give Us“

* Contestants must be a Westmont resident or attending a school located in Westmont, and must fill out and submit the online contest form by April 2

* All artwork and essay submissions will be accepted now through April 2 by the Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Avenue. An electronic copy (MS Word, PDF, images/jpgs of hand-written documents, etc.) of all artwork and essay entries must be sent to

There will be four (4) age groups:
* * K-1-2: Submit artwork or essay up to 100 words
* * 3-4-5: Submit artwork or essay up to 200 words
* * Middle School/6-7-8: Submit artwork or essay - 200-400 words
* * High School: Submit artwork or essay - 300-500 words

* There will be a total of sixteen (16) entries selected - two (2) selections per age group for essays and (2) selections per age group for artwork

* Selected entries will be recognized at a reception at Westmont Public Library on Saturday, April 29, between 11am and 1pm

* Results will be announced Monday, April 17 on the village website

* Be sure to include your name, school, grade, email, and phone number in your email submissions as well as entries dropped off at the Library

To register your entry online and for more info, please click on the link below. If you have further questions or comments regarding this contest and all things green, contact the EIC at
Arbor Day Art & Essay Contest Sign-up Form
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