CHARLOTTE, MI – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is happy to announce the 5th Grade Poster Contest! This 2018-2019 school year, Michigan 5th grade students are invited to use their best drawing, coloring, and painting skills, along with their imagination and creativity to submit a poster demonstrating the theme: “Trees for Bees”

Last year, MADA re-launched this program and had a lot of fantastic entries mailed in. We loved seeing the creativity and talent of our Michigan 5th graders. We are bringing this contest back again for 2019! This will be a statewide contest open to all fifth-grade students.

Students are encouraged to use their imagination to create an original poster featuring the theme. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen by popular vote. Prizes will include a gift certificate for the winning student, a tree planting for the school or community, and a gift card for the participating teacher to help purchase classroom supplies. The first-place winner will also be invited to be recognized at the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing.

Trees are great teaching tools. Teachers can include this contest into lesson plans by talking about native trees that bees utilize for nesting and food. Classroom activities and lesson plans can be found on MADA’s website at 

All entries must be received by mail by March 11. See the contest rules and download an Entry Form at If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Reynolds, the State Arbor Day Program Coordinator by calling 517-543-1512 x5 or emailing