Bodhi Gilroy is one talented young artist. A fifth grade student at North Fork School of Integrated Studies, Gilroy submitted the winning entry for the annual Colorado Tree Coalition Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Sponsored by the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado State Forest Service, Arborscape Services, and Denver's "Be a Smart Ash" emerald ash borer campaign, the contest was open to all Colorado fifth-grade students. This year's theme is "Celebrate Trees in Our Community."
The poster will be displayed at the Colorado State Capitol through the month of April. Bodhi, his family and NFSIS teacher, Lauren Ziccardi, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Denver and tour the Capitol.
Gilroy's poster features a mature maple tree, a young peach tree, and a farmer planting a seedling. A man harvests peaches while a squirrel plays in the branches. A family surrounds the big maple tree, and a pair of Lark Bunting, Colorado's state bird, soars beneath the blue sky past purple mountains toward their nest. Maple and aspen tree leaves are drawn into each corner. Three more trees are drawn into the poster title, which also honors the tree's ability to produce carbon dioxide.
NFSIS students Sissy Esquibel and Kalia Schevene also submitted posters. Schools were limited to one entry in the statewide contest. Local entries were judged by members of the Town of Paonia Tree Board.
At 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, the Paonia Tree Board will celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of a little leaf linden tree in Lee's Park in the 500 block of Box Elder Avenue. The planting is the board's first since being proclaimed a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Mayor Charles Stewart signed a proclamation designating April 26 as Arbor Day in the community of Paonia.