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Planting trees, singing songs mark Earth Day

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Cerbat Garden Club members (left to right) Lynda Goldberg, Sandie Womack and Virginia Hunter plant a tree at Manzanita Elementary on Earth Day while fifth-grade students look on.

Aaron Royster/Miner<br><br> Cerbat Garden Club members (left to right) Lynda Goldberg, Sandie Womack and Virginia Hunter plant a tree at Manzanita Elementary on Earth Day while fifth-grade students look on.

KINGMAN - Students at Manzanita Elementary utilized Earth Day to celebrate Arbor Day.

With the help of the Cerbat Garden Club and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Cindy Burden's fifth-grade class planted a tree on Wednesday at the campus.

The class was chosen after fifth-grader Kylee Bolton's Arbor Day poster beat out six other schools in Kingman.

"I thought it was really, really cool because I'm a good artist and my mom supported me on it," Bolton said.

This is the second year in a row Burden's class produced the winner for Kingman. Last year's winner was selected as part of the state Arbor Day calendar.

Burden combines the poster contest with a yearly recycling program.

"These kids will then grow up appreciating the environment and working to protect the earth," Burden said.

While Bolton's poster wasn't selected to represent the state on the national level, there is a possibility her work can be chosen for the state calendar. The decision on the state calendar won't be made until the end of the year, said Nina Brackett with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Brackett contacted all local schools to participate in the poster contest, with nearly 60-percent participation from more than 500 students she made presentations to since January. The contest was open to fifth-graders across the nation. "This is my busiest time of the year," Brackett said. She will lead Earth Day and Arbor Day activities at Kingman schools today through April 30.

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