Capitol Christmas Tree announces essay contest

For more than 50 years, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., has asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a tree to adorn the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. This year, the Six Rivers National Forest will proudly provide the tree and select a local 5th grader to be named as the official youth tree lighter in a three-county-wide essay contest.

The youth tree lighter may have the opportunity to participate in the tree harvest ceremony, tree lighting ceremony and other local events. Events may be virtual or in-person, and any in-person events will occur in accordance with CDC guidelines.

The competition is open to 5th-grade students in Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity counties. Students are asked to compose an essay about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree with the prompt, “What does the theme ‘Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree’ mean to you?”

Submissions will be evaluated on mechanics of grammar, spelling and construct, content, and STEAM integration. The submission should not exceed a 500-word essay with one additional page of illustration/supporting data.

Students should submit their essays electronically to their respective County Office of Education office by Sept. 24.

Trinity COE: Tim Nordstrom-

Each Office of Education will submit their top five entries to the U.S. Forest Service, and the winning submission will be selected and notified in mid-October.

All submissions must be accompanied by the consent form from a parent or guardian for use of the product as well as consent to appear in media.

Arts Council to meet

The Trinity County Arts Council’s bi-monthly board meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, virtually via Zoom.

This meeting is open to the public.

Please visit the Trinity County Arts Alive website for the Zoom link to this meeting,

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