WHAT DID THE TREE SEE? was a national essay contest for 5th and 6th graders hosted locally by Portland Urban Forestry Commission, Friends of Trees and Portland Parks & Recreation / Learning Landscapes. One hundred youth in six Portland Metro classrooms participated, with twenty-one receiving Pizzicato slice coupon prizes. The three top winners (featured here) received a $25 gift certificate to Powell's Books and were added to the national competition sponsored by Alliance for Community Trees and Treetures Environmental Education Program . The contest taught students the value of urban trees and helped them understand how a tree affects the neighborhood and local environment in which it is planted. The contest also offered students the opportunity to relate local urban historical events and changes in the community to their chosen urban tree. This history starts at the time the tree was planted and continues to the present day.
Please enjoy the essays by Sitton School 5th grader Gamaliel Zapata, and Beverly Cleary School 5th graders Narain Dubey and Vivienne Overstreet. Each class that participated will receive a Learning Landscape cohort and plant two trees on their school campus. Learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation Learning Landscapes here. Special thanks to all of the teachers who took part in the WHAT DID THE TREE SEE? essay contest.
What did the Tree See? by Gamaliel Zapata, 5th Grade - Sitton School
What I See by Narian Dubey, 5th Grade - Beverly Cleary School
I Am A Tree by Vivienne Overstreet, 5th Grade - Beverly Cleary School
Me The Tree by Gabriella Joy Aalto, 5th Grade - Beverly Cleary School
Bending Down to Listen by Chole E. Ford, 5th Grade - Beverly Cleary School