One winner from each county will be selected in four categories: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth grade. From these 12 winners, an overall state winner will be chosen.

The Delaware Forest Service is accepting entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for public, private, and home school students in kindergarten to fifth grade.

All posters are due by March 29.

In Delaware, Arbor Day is designated as the last Friday in April. Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton as an occasion to both celebrate and encourage the planting of trees.

This year’s poster contest theme is “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” The contest can teach students about the important role of trees in the well-being of both people and pollinators, such as bees.

In addition to a chance to win prizes, all participating students whose teacher registers will receive free loblolly pine seedlings, delivered during the last week of April.

For classes to receive free seedlings, teachers must register by March 15.

Here is the registration link: https://2018arbordaypostercontest.eventbrite.com.

For rules and entry details, see the website https://news.delaware.gov/2018/01/24/2018-arbor-day-poster-contest/ or call (302) 698-4551 or (800) 282-8685.

Judging will take place at the Delaware Department of Agriculture in Dover and winners will be announced in early-April.

All posters must reflect the 2018 contest theme “Trees are Terrific… and Perfect for Pollinators!”

Posters will be judged on use of theme, originality, neatness, and artistic expression.

Only one first, second, and third place winner from each school will be accepted in each category: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth grade.

One winner from each county will be selected in each entry category. From these 12 winners, an overall state winner will be chosen to represent Delaware for the 2018 State Arbor Day Ceremony.

The winner in each county-level category will receive a $25 gift card, a ceremonial tree planting at his or her school, an invitation to the State Arbor Day Ceremony attended by the governor, a “tree inspired” children’s book, his or her poster printed on canvas and framed for permanent display as a keepsake, and his or her poster displayed online.

The overall state winner will receive all of the above plus an additional $25 gift card.