The Georgia Forestry
Foundation (GFF), members of the forestry community in Georgia, education
professionals and elected officials recently recognized rising 8th grade
student Caitlin Geiger of Tallulah Falls School in Tallulah Falls, GA, and 10th
grade student Eric Riggs of Southeast Bulloch High School in Brooklet, GA, for
winning their respective levels of competition in the 5th-12th grade Forestry:
A Foundation for our Future Artwork and Slogan Contest.
Both students and schools were awarded a prize package
valued at $35,000 which includes a $15,000 cash award to the school, a $2,500
cash award and forestry camp scholarship to the student, professional
development opportunities for teachers, materials featuring the winning artwork
and a field trip for all students in the winning grade level.
"In looking at both student's artwork, you can clearly
see that they have grasped the story of Georgia's working forests and the
benefits they provide," Jody Strickland, 2014 Chair of the Georgia Forestry
Foundation, said. "Working forests are Georgia's success story, and we are
delighted to honor these students for helping us tell that story with their
beautiful artwork and slogan."
Both winning students, their parents and two staff
members from each school will attend an award
ceremony on Sunday, July 20 at the Georgia Forestry Association's Annual
Conference in Hilton Head Island, SC.
The contest and education initiative was launched on
Arbor Day this year to cultivate greater awareness of the economic,
environmental, and social benefits of Georgia's working forests. The contest
invited all 5th-12th-grade students in Georgia to submit an artwork with a
slogan that expressed the value of forests and what they mean to the student by
answering one question: How do Georgia's working forests make life better?
The next phase of the education initiative will include
an effort to use both artworks to promote the value and importance of Georgia's
working forests throughout the state. Promotions will include banners on the
side of chip trailers and other industry vehicles, marketing materials and an
increased presence at a variety of events and functions throughout the state –
including the Georgia National Fair in October.
For more information on the contest including pictures of
the contest winners and the honorable mentions for each category, visit www.forestry4Rfuture.org. For more
information on forestry and environmental education in Georgia, contact Project
Coordinator Valerie Noles at email@example.com.