Mason Elementary students make finals of Scotties national “Trees Rock!” video contest

February 5, 2014 

A video created by students at Mason Elementary is among 12 finalists in Scotties national video contest, known as “Trees Rock!”

The Grand Prize winners will receive $10,000 for their school to use toward a sustainable project, such as tree plantings, updated/recycled playground equipment and energy-efficient lighting.

Students who entered the contest were required to create a three-minute video on the importance of trees -- to themselves, to their school and to their community.

The local video entry came from fourth- and fifth-graders in Mason Elementary’s gifted classroom including Kaitlyn Guest, Kara Sargent, Alejandro Guerrero, Selah Wheeler and Julia Washburn.

Led by teacher Jenny Reidlinger, students focus on extended learning projects and enrichment challenges while working together to problem solve and think creatively.

In the video, the students explore one of their favorite outdoor sanctuaries at the school: The Secret Garden. With a little magic from “Mother Nature” the students are able to see the future destruction of the garden – and make a plan to always protect it.

Winners will be chosen by voters across America who can watch the top videos and vote for their favorite now through Feb. 14 at

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