The Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commission is inviting children, ages 5 to 12, residing or attending school in Atlantic Highlands, to participate in an Arbor Day Slogan Contest.
Julius Sterling Morton initiated the first Arbor Day in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 to increase appreciation and awareness of the important role trees play in the environment and in the quality of life. By 1920, all states had passed laws to celebrate the day. In New Jersey, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April.
As part of past Atlantic Highlands’ Arbor Day celebrations, the Shade Tree Commission has sponsored an annual poster art contest, using slogans provided by the national Arbor Day Foundation. But for the 2015 contest, the AH Commission has added an additional challenge: a slogan competition.
Entrants are asked to submit a slogan of 10 words or less, telling of the importance of trees to: Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commission, Borough Hall, 100 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 07716, no later than November 10.
The winning entry will be announced in January, 2015, and be used as the theme for the upcoming April poster-art competition. In addition, a $25 gift certificate will be awarded to the winner.