POET Tree writing contest winners announced

Five poems from students around the Midwest to be published in Vital magazine

Monday, June 18, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (June 18, 2012) – Gavin Adams, a fourth grader from New Bloomfield, Mo. is the Grand Prize winner of this year’s POET Tree poetry contest with a poem asserting that we can all be superheroes if we take care of the environment.

Fourth-grade students across the Midwest sent nature-themed poems to POET for the contest, which was organized around POET’s tree-planting activities during Arbor Day.

The top five poets will receive Visa gift cards as prizes.

“Thank you to all the students who submitted poems this year. It’s always amazing to me to see how much insight young people have on important issues such as our environment,” POET Senior Vice President of Communications Greg Breukelman said.

All five winning poems will be printed in the July issue of Vital magazine. The other winners are:

2nd place: Susan Konvalinka; Marion, Ohio
3rd place: Rebecca Gerlach; Plankinton, S.D.
4th place: Brookelyn George; Ellsworth, Iowa
5th place: Christian McCuen; Villisca, Iowa

The winning poem by Gavin Adams:

Earth’s Superheroes

Get up off your feet, everyone,
Let’s go and have some fun.
We’ll leave right now to recycle at the park,
If we all pitch in, we’ll be done before dark.
Let’s pick up trash on the way,
We’ll be the Superheroes of the day.
We can recycle paper, plastic, and metal,
Instead of driving, hop on our bikes and pedal,
We’ll clean out oceans, streams, and lakes,
Think of the big differences earth awareness makes.
Put everything you can in the recycle bins,
When we work together to recycle, everybody wins.

For copies of the other poems, contact Matt Merritt at

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