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The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s (MADA) Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) program celebrates all that trees give us by engaging Michigan’s youth in community development and service-learning through a friendly, statewide competition. The program has two parts, a fundraiser and a writing contest.  K-12 students are able to participate in both if they choose.

The fundraiser challenges students to create ways to raise money to plant trees in Michigan. Some ideas might be: bake sales, pop can drives, seed sales, classroom coin wars, get pledges for a walk-a-thon…the sky is the limit! The individual or team who raises the most will win a tree planting for their community as the Grand Prize winner. All money collected directly funds community tree plantings in Michigan and statewide outreach efforts.  Organizers may also consider including a lesson on the importance of trees in order to teach as well as fundraise.

The GGYC Creative Writing Contest seeks to engage Michigan students by getting them to explore their imagination.  All K-12 students are eligible to submit a creative writing piece of any type and tell us, “What would happen if trees were in charge?”  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. In addition, an overall Grand Prize will also be awarded.

The GGYC fundraiser runs from January 11 until March 28, 2016.  The Creative Writing Contest begins on the same date, but ends March 7th.  Complete program details, rules, and entry forms can be found on our website at www.miarbordayalliance.org.

Since 2011, our Michigan students have helped plant over 1,000 trees across Michigan! Let’s make than number even larger in 2016.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in 2015, including our sponsors:  ITC Holdings Corp., Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.

MADA is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and wellbeing.

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI.

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