Winners of the Colfax Garden Club’s annual Arbor Day Essay contest were honored at a luncheon held at the Colfax Pizza Factory. Colfax Elementary School fifth-grade students of Dan Hicks and Jim Adams submitted Arbor Day essays themed “How trees help the environment.” Top honors were presented to CoriJo Stark, first place; Ben Bittaker, second place; Shane Shelton, third place and Seth Lawrence, fourth place. Honorable mentions went to Reese Williamse and Luke Rineer. Garden Club member Joan Bridgman gave a presentation on the Giant Sequoia Redwood trees and presented each student with a tree. The students will also plant three Giant Sequoias on the school campus. Following are the top three winning entries: Cori Jo Stark Trees help the environment by providing oxygen, shelter for animals and food for animals. Humans and animals rely on trees to survive. In the leaves liquid stores for the animals. Trees provide food for humans, too. The trees keep the food safe from other animals. Trees take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. People and animals need oxygen. Trees and plants need carbon dioxide. Trees provide shelter that help animals by keeping them safe. Animals can keep out of bad weather and hide from enemies. They also give people and animals shade. In conclusion, trees are very important to your environment because they help animals and people. These three things that help are oxygen, shelter and food. Now you know why I think trees help the environment. Ben Bittaker There are many things that help the environment. Insects, bushes, plants and animals help the environment. But trees help the most. In this essay you will learn how all trees help the environment. Trees help the environment because they are homes for small creatures like squirrels, birds, spiders and several other insects. Spiders and birds and larger insects eat bugs. Without them there would be bugs everywhere. When trees fall down they are home for terminus and ants. Trees give out oxygen and taken in carbon dioxide. This is called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water, using light as an energy source. Most forms of photosynthesis release oxygen as a byproduct. It was formerly called assimilation, but this term is now commonly used in animal physiology. The details of the process of photosynthesis are not yet clearly known. Some trees have fruit that grow on them, like applies, bananas, peaches, pears, coconuts, oranges, mangoes, guavas and papayas. These fruits help animals and insects, like monkeys, apes, chimpanzees, orangutans, fruit flies, bats, mandrills and the African spider monkey. That is how trees help the environment. Trees help the environment by providing oxygen, shelter for animal and food for animals. Humans and animals rely on trees to survive. Shane Shelton Trees help the environment by providing shelter. Shelter gives animals a home and protects them from enemies. Trees also protect animals from weather, like rain and snow. Trees also help the environment by giving food and water to animals. Food like berries, acorns, nuts and leaves. Trees provide food and water for humans. Trees taken in carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. People and animals need oxygen. Oxygen helps us stay alive because we need it to breathe. In conclusion, trees are very important to our environment because they provide food, oxygen and shelter. Trees protect animals from danger.