The City of Westlake Tree Commission and Mayor Dennis Clough awarded proclamations and ribbons to three fifth-graders from Dover Intermediate School for their winning posters in the 2020 Tree City Poster contest. This year’s theme, as it is every year, was “Why trees are important to me!” Mayor Clough presented the awards on June 2 during a small ceremony in front of City Hall.
It took a great deal of determination to make the this year’s contest happen.
Two days before the contest was to begin school was closed. The students were given directions online and a video demonstration. The deadlines were extended and the students could design posters and submit photographs of their creations without leaving home. They were able to use a wide variety of means to decorate their creations.
The students were instructed to research the importance of trees to a community, the environment and globally. They generated essays to explain why trees are important and how they can preserve them in their city.
The 2020 contest winners were Brandon McLaughlin, Amelia Samide and Brian Schneidler. In addition to proclamations and ribbons, the winners also received butterfly bushes from Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake for them to plant in their yards.
Among those in attendance were the students’ parents, Dover Intermediate School Principal Nick Miller, Westlake Service Director Paul Quinn III and Westlake Tree Commission Members Mary Beth Schneidler and Ken Sadd. Also serving on the Tree Commission is John Walz, Diane Morris and Justin Parks.
The Mayor and others in attendance congratulated the students for doing an excellent job during such difficult times and offered a special thanks to all the fifth graders that submitted posters.