Day County Arbor Day contest winner announced

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Day County Conservation District celebrated Arbor Day by attending schools in the area. Presentations were given to the 4th graders at Webster Area School and to the students at the Bradley school. Importance of trees, products from trees, how to plant trees were among a few of the topics touched on by Cindy Zenk, District Manager of Day County Conservation District and Jon Wendel, District Forester of S.D. Dept. of Ag. Every 4th grade student in Day County received a Black Hills Spruce tree complimentary of the Day County Conservation District and a bag of Smokey the Bear items.

Nebraska newspaper publisher J. Sterling Morton proposed the first Arbor Day in 1872. On that first Arbor Day, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska. South Dakota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. In conjunction with Arbor Day celebration, South Dakota 5th and 6th graders have the opportunity to enter the Arbor Day Essay contest and 5th graders can also enter the poster contest. Day County Conservation District hosts the local contests in each school and for the homeschool students of Day County.

This year the Day County winner that moved on to the State Essay/ Poem competition was Coby Reetz, a Webster Area Elementary 6th grader. Coby was awarded his 1st place certificate plus a cash award for being the county winner.

All participants of the essay/poem contest received a McDonald’s certificate and tree seeds along with a rootbeer float.