Winners will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite from now through Feb. 14 by visiting www.scottiestreesrock.com.
The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 for their school to use towards a sustainable project, such as tree plantings, updated / recycled playground equipment and energy efficient lighting. Those who entered the contest were required to create a three-minute video on the importance of trees -- to themselves, their school, and their community.
When teacher Lauren Camp was approached by PTA president Gina Baklini with the idea of entering the contest she did not hesitate, Camp said.
“I jumped on board immediately!” said Camp. “My brother is in the production industry, he was very helpful working with the class – and ultimately the 'tree as a best friend' was born.”
In the video, viewers follow student Justin Edwards as he gives a report in front of his class on why trees are important to him. Justin nervously talks about his tree being his best friend and how much they enjoy together -- playing soccer, hide-n-seek, and leaning on while reading a good book.
Students were encouraged to be as creative as possible in their entries – for example, by creating a poem, a play, a speech, a song, or a dance. After rigorous scrutiny by a panel of judges, entries from around the country were narrowed down to the 12 best in the categories of most compelling relative to theme, clarity of message, and creativity.