Mr. Peter Burr and the Town of Southold Tree Committee, along with Race Rock Garden Co., planted a flowering tree in honor of Ellie Bloethe’s winning 2018 Arbor Day poster. The lower school students gathered in front of the school building Monday, June 11 at 12:00 noon, and with community members and parents, congratulated Ellie. She thanked Art Teacher Carrie Sawyer for her support. Principal Christian Arsenault explained that the location was chosen at the School entrance partly because Ellie can see the tree from her house, and as he said, “she can help water and care for it in the years to come.”
Race Rock Garden president David Burnham selected a Witch Hazel because he wanted something that would bloom when school is in session. The summer’s green leaves turn color in the fall and mid-winter present yellow blooms.
Peter Burr wrote, “Ellie looked very proud. What a lovely day for all the children to play a part in the start of a healthy tree planted at the School.”
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Photos above by Jane Ahrens
April 15, 2018: The 2018 Arbor Day Poster contest’s 1st Place winner, selected by the Southhold Town Tree Committee, is artwork by Fishers Island School’s Ellie Bloethe. Her poster will be featured on the annual bookmark and will be given to all 1,564 of Southhold Town’s elementary students as part of its Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 27.
“As we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this month may we be reminded of how much trees play a vital role in our planet. “Plant a tree and see The Mother Earth smile.” ? ? ~ Marlin Bloethe