YORKTOWN, N.Y. – This year's Arbor Day takes place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, in Patriot Garden behind town hall. The highlight of the ceremony, the annual poster contest, will return.

Poster entries will be displayed inside town hall for the month of May. Last year's winning poster designs will be displayed throughout Yorktown beginning in April. The 2017 winning posters will also be made into banners and hung from streetlights in Yorktown, Shrub Oak and Jefferson Valley. Winning posters will also be displayed in the winners' schools in June and the town court lobby in July, as well as on the town's website.

The announcement of the poster contest winners will be made at the Arbor Day ceremony. Finalists will be notified in the week prior to the ceremony.

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Arbor Day is celebrated in towns and cities across the United States, inspiring people to plant and nurture trees, which enhance and beautify their communities. Visit arborday.org for information about Arbor Day and the Arbor Day Foundation.

This year’s theme is “Native Trees Provide a Home for Wildlife.” Yorktown is home to diverse wildlife: birds, mammals and insects, which rely on the town's native plants for survival.

Poster Contest Entry Information:

The poster design contest is open to both fourth and fifth grade students in the Yorktown and Lakeland schools, public, charter, private and home schooled.

Images

• The poster design should be an image highlighting this year’s theme (no poetry or prose entries).

• All design entries must be vertical (not horizontal).

• A title or caption can be included.

• High contrast colors are recommended. Remember, winning submissions will be made into flags that need to be clearly visible to passing cars.

• Any form of coloring product is acceptable: crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils, etc.

• Entries with TV/movie trademarked characters cannot be accepted due to copyright issues.

• Poster paper size 22-by-28 inches is best. White poster paper only.

Winning

Three winners will be chosen from each grade. Submissions can be from an individual or a team, but all entries will be judged as individual submissions.

Entry Deadline

All entries must clearly indicate the full name, school, teacher’s name and grade (of student), student address and phone number on the back of the poster. Submissions are due April 10.

Contact Information/Submission

Please contact the Yorktown Planning Department at 914-962-6565 for additional information and to arrange pick-up of entries. Please have students submit their entries directly to their art teacher to make pick-up more efficient.

Posters

Posters not chosen as winners must be picked up at the Planning Department between May 31 and June 10. Winners can be picked up between July 31 and Aug. 31, also at the Planning Department.