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Ellen Giles, of the OHGOS (left), with Essay Contest winner Peggy Darst Townsdin (right), with her newly planted Garry oak in Pioneer Burial Park.

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Kid from the third grade class of Crescent Harbor Elementary work to get their new Garry oak in the ground.

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society, together with the Whidbey News-Times, sponsored an essay contest in April. Writers were asked to share about their favorite local Garry oak and why they would like to plant an oak tree of their own. Five 10-year old Garry oak saplings were awarded. We received so many worthy essays! We wish we could have given away more! The winners are: Sandey Brandon, Peggy Darst Townsdin, Fairway Point Community Association, the third grade class taught by Debra Rusnak at Crescent Harbor Elementary, and the English class taught by Mr. Erik Christensen at Oak Harbor High School. Special thanks go to Brad Gluth for procuring the trees, Brian Giles for spearheading the planting of them, and Oak Harbor Public Schools Ground Maintenance Department for their prep work in school planting. Generous OHGOS members are to also be commended for their financial donations which made this planting outreach possible.

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