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Youth Environmental Education

Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. The National Poster Contest winners, in grades 1-5, are announced in May at the National Garden Clubs Convention in Washington, DC. A Scottsdale fourth-grader is a winner in the 2015 Contest.


Ryan Bollimpalli is a 4th grade student at Sequoia Elementary School in Scottsdale and his entry won the State contest in 2015 at the 4th grade level and subsequently was forwarded to Regional contest which he also won. Now all grade winners from Regional are competing for the National prize of a trip for four to Washington, DC.

Congrats, Ryan! 


Youth Gardening

Since the 2010-11 school year, club member Aurien Preiss has worked with Mrs. Kimberly Redhage's second grade class at Cochise Elementary School. One year, they planted nearly 100 daffodil bulbs in pots and the children took care of them over the winter. Member Lucy Samuels has worked with first graders at Larry C. Kennedy Elementary School where they also planted bulbs for Mother's Day.


The above photos show the children getting ready and planting the bulbs in pots they had decorated earlier. The bulbs were all blooming in March - perfect timing for the Scottsdale Garden Club's spring flower show!
Aurien Preiss, Youth Gardening Chairman, accepts $50 and a blue ribbon for her 2nd graders' projects. Aurien Preiss, Youth Gardening Chairman, accepts $50 and blue ribbons for her 2nd graders' projects. They placed first in two categories of the AFGC "Dilly of a Daffodil" contest in 2010-11.