POINT PLEASANT BEACH — G. Harold Antrim Elementary School held its annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 28 and each student received tree seedlings from the Point Beach Shade Tree Commission.
“I have been here for 25 years and we have been doing it every year since then,” said Antrim Principal Tara Weber. “We had to make an adjustment from outside…we usually like them to be out in the grass and in nature, and this year because of the impending weather we had to make a quick change to the gym. Students were able to be heard a little clearer than they have in the past.”
Students were seated in the gym divided by grade and parents were filing in, working hard for seats due to the large number of attendees. Some parents even followed their students’ suit by sitting on the gym floor.
The event opened with a speech from the Shade Tree Commission Chair Louise Stillufsen, who took time to announce the winners of the Peace Tree poem writing contest and speak about the 20 trees the commission recently planted along Chicago Avenue.
The contest was open to fifth and sixth graders where students were able to create poems about peace for the newly planted Peace Tree at Little Silver Lake. Over 42 entries were submitted and four students were awarded certificates for their work and the opportunity to have their poem displayed at Little Silver Lake. Ms. Stillufsen also announced that each student would be receiving their own tree seedling to take home at the end of the day.
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