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KCSD Celebrates Arbor Day with City of Kingston & Town of Ulster

The Kingston City School District celebrated Arbor Day with the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster by planting new trees at JW Bailey and MC Miller Middle Schools. 

Students at both schools were able to take part in a poetry writing contest about the Sugar Maple Tree, the state tree of New York. More than 300 students participated, each writing a poem about what trees mean to them and to our planet. 

The students at both schools had four weeks to write and submit their poems. The winners were chosen by a panel of KCSD teachers and administrators and were given the opportunity to read their poems for Kingston Mayor Noble, Town of Ulster Councilman Van Kleek, and town, city and district administration. 

The trees were donated by The Memorial Tree Fund and the contest was designed by the City of Kingston Tree Commission.

The school district program was spearheaded by Assistant Director Dr. Laura Sagan. Dr. Sagan was thrilled that so many students took this opportunity to participate. “I am so proud of every student who entered a poem into this contest”, she said. “It’s still hard to believe we had so many middle schoolers participate. They should all be happy with the work they did.” 

 

Poetry Contest Winners:

JW Bailey Middle School-

Sophia Doviken - Grade 5

Charlotte McFarland – Grade 6

Sean Henn – Grade 7

MC Miller Middle School-

James Davis – Grade 5

Gisella Shaut – Grade 6

John Boolukos - Grade 8