Arbor Day may offically be the last Friday in April, but the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is dedicated to helping Michigan residents go green throughout the entire year. This winter, MADA is launching two initiatives to get kids involved – the “Go Green Youth Challenge” and a creative writing contest.
The “Go Green Youth Challenge” is a statewide initiative aimed at getting youth more involved in environmental stewardship and community development. As a class, group, or individually, youth are encouraged to collect as many coins as they can until March 28, then have an adult write a check for the amount collected and mail it, along with an entry form, to MADA. Entries postmarked by April 4 are eligible to win prizes, including a grand prize! All proceeds go towards planting trees in communities throughout the State of Michigan.
But that’s not all. While kids are collecting, they can also participate in the Go Green Youth Challenge Creative Writing Contest. K-12 grade Michigan students can send in a 350-word essay or piece of poetry answering the question: “What Would Happen If Trees Were in Charge?” The contest will be judged on creativity and originality, adherence to the theme, grasp of language (including grammar and punctuation) and ability to follow guidelines. There are three age categories (K-4, 5-8 and 9-12) and first, second and third place for each age group wins a prize! Entries must be postmarked by March 14.
More information for both the challenge and contest, including entry forms and instructions, can be found at miarbordayalliance.org