TURLOCK — Third-graders at Walnut School have won a national video contest extolling the virtues of trees, thanks to a last-minute push by online voters.
Sponsored by the maker of Scotties tissues, the contest’s grand prize is $10,000 and a tree planting and entertainment event. The students’ video said that they hoped to get shade trees for their play equipment, as well as computers to help reduce paper use.
Walnut was running second to a Virginia school earlier this month but pulled ahead after more fans clicked their approval. The vote totals were not available.
“Our community was outstanding in how it worked together to help us,” said Irene Hales, one of the teachers.
The contest, dubbed Scotties Trees Rock, was for elementary schools. Walnut’s two-minute entry featured a song called “Hug a Tree” and tree facts that students took turns stating. Among them:
• “Trees provide food, like almonds and apples.”
• “Trees give our parents jobs in the manufacturing industry.”
• “Trees provide shade in our hot summers and a home for wildlife.”
• “They provide inspiration for our artwork.”
• “It is fun to play in the leaves when they fall.”
The winning video and other finalists can be seen at www.scottiestreesrock.com.