A Bellevue fifth-grader created a poster about Arbor Day voted best in the state. Now Yvonne Sun is in the running for best poster in the country.
Students around the country participate in the National Arbor Day Poster Art Contest, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. This year, 550 Bellevue students participated, with Bellevue's Northwest Arts Center coordinating entries.
"We never had a state or national winner as long as I can remenber," said Debbie Petterson, the program coordinator at the Northwest Arts Center, who has helped Bellevue children send in their work for consideration for 13 years.
Participating Bellevue schools this year included Sunset, Woodridge, Spiritridge, Ardmore, Enatai and Clyde Hill. Yvonne Sun is a student at Clyde Hill Elementary School.
Students were asked to create posters that depict the message, "Trees are Terrific ... and Energy Wise!" with a portrayal of the relationship between the trees, sun and energy.
The public is invited to view all of the state-winning posters and vote for a favorite design. Voting is open through Friday, April 2. The national winner will be announced on National Arbor Day, April 30.
Bellevue's Arbor Day posters will be displayed at City Hall, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Whole Foods Market Bellevue, Lewis Creek Visitor Center and the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center.
On May 7, there will be a celebration of Bellevue's Arbor Day posters at the Bellevue Arts Museum, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Museum entrance is free that day.
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