Rehoboth Beach celebrates Arbor Day

Students recognized for winning posters, plant trees with city mayor
April 25, 2024

The grounds of Rehoboth Elementary bloomed with new life April 19, as students and school and community leaders gathered to celebrate Arbor Day by recognizing poster contest winners and planting new trees.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor Stan Mills presented an Arbor Day proclamation and noted the city’s 33rd consecutive year as a designated Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters.

Students were recognized for their entries in this year’s poster contest, themed “Trees are terrific … for outdoor adventures.” Winners were selected by the Rehoboth Art League and will be displayed on the windows of city hall for pedestrians to view through Tuesday, April 30.

The art league selected three fifth-graders and three fourth-graders as contest finalists, and their posters were submitted to the statewide contest, said teacher Jacqui Kisiel.

Fifth-grade poster contest finalists are Harrison Hayes, Apple Wang and Madelyn Fischinskie; Madelyn was named the fifth-grade Sussex County winner and will be recognized at a state ceremony Friday, April 26 at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford.

Fourth-grade poster contest finalists are Porter Marvin, Everly Otens and Iris Sandoval. Each group of students took part in a tree-planting ceremony with Mills.

Delaware Forest Service Education Specialist Ashley Melvin provided children with hands-on activities and educational information about the importance of trees. 

Following the presentation and tree planting, all students planted loblolly pine saplings on school grounds.


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