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Tilghman 5th Grader Wins Arbor Day Contest and Plants Trees

Arbor Day Poster with Tree PlantingGarrett Schlag, a 5th grader at Tilghman Elementary School (TES), won 2nd place in the Arbor Day poster contest sponsored by the Maryland Forest Service in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards.  

Garrett's abstract watercolor tree was created in the classroom of Ms. Christie Dugan at TES.  By placing second in the State, Garrett and his school were awarded a tree planting with 10 trees of his choice.  He and the school presented the trees to the Tilghman Watermen's Museum (TWM), a TES partner located just up the road from the school.  TWM was grateful for the addition of these white oak, red bud, and viburnum trees to their property, and the school was happy to support an island partner who contributes to educating our children about the island's culture and heritage and supports many TES programs.

On Wednesday, May 16, Garrett and the children in the afterschool program run by the Tilghman Area Youth Association planted the trees at the Watermen's Museum.  They were assisted by  representatives from the St. Michaels office of Bartlett Tree Experts, along with specialists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  The kids dug holes, planted all the trees, and mulched and watered the finished areas.

The partnerships in the Tilghman community make for special days.  Thanks to Tilghman Elementary, the Tilghman Area Youth Association, and the Tilghman Watermen's Museum for this cooperative effort.  Garrett's trees will grace the Watermen's Museum with shade and beauty for many years to come.  Special thanks to Jen, Mark, and Zack from Bartlett Tree Experts; Brittany, Dakota, and Anne from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; and Clem and Jay from TWM.  And many congratulations to Garrett!


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