Denver student wins Arbor Day poster contests


Selby Dolan, a fifth grader who attends the Creativity Challenge Community (C3) school in Denver’s Cory-Merrill neighborhood, recently won both the Denver Arbor Day Poster Contest and the 2021 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest.

The theme for the 2021 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest was Celebrate Trees in Our Community. Dolan’s poster depicts the importance of trees and how they benefit communities.

For the statewide contest, 28 participating Colorado schools submitted one poster created by a fifth-grade student. In early May, a panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition selected Dolan’s poster from the five finalists after “two close rounds of virtual judging,” states a news release.

As the statewide contest winner, Dolan received a variety of prizes from the Colorado Tree Coalition — which is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving, renewing and enhancing community forests in Colorado, states a news release — and a framed copy of her poster. Her art teacher, BJ Kittleson, received a free online professional development training from Colorado Project Learning Tree.

As the winner of the Denver Arbor Day Poster Contest, Dolan and Kittleson won gift cards to a local art supply store, and the city will be planting a tree in Dolan’s honor — during which her parents, Jeff and Kim Dolan, and Kittleson are invited to attend.

To learn more about the Colorado Tree Coalition and its various programs, visit Click here to learn more about Denver’s Office of the City Forester.


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