Dallas Blooms, The ArboretumFor the past few weeks, the Dallas Arboretum has been hosting an essay contest for students in first through eighth grade in Dallas area schools. The contest was in honor of National Public Gardens Day, which is today, May 10, so the contest winners were announced, and two of the winners are from East Dallas schools.

For the seventh and eighth grade category, the first place winner was eighth grader Lorena Correa from W.H. Gaston Middle School. Her teacher is Dawn McCullar, who teaches reading in the talented and gifted program.

For first and third grade, the first place winner was second grader Jonathan Devora (Gonzalez) from Alex Sanger Elementary. His teacher is Mable Landers.

Winning students will receive 20 passes to the Dallas Arboretum and recognition during an award ceremony on May 10 at the arboretum. Rain Bird will also donate a sprinkler system to the winning student. The student may choose to have the sprinklers installed at their school or in a public garden of their choice.

Congrats y’all!

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