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Central Point abloom with daffodils

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Daffodils planted by volunteers last fall bloom in front of the Central Point Police Department and City Hall Monday morning.
Fall planting effort pays off this spring

More than 130 volunteers planted 1,700 daffodil bulbs around Central Point last fall, and now their efforts are paying off.

Cheerful yellow flowers are popping up all around town. Daffodils are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Despite their delicate appearance, daffodils can withstand frost and even a coating of spring snow.

“It was a great project that brought businesses, the city and people together. The fruits of their labor are now showing. It’s gorgeous,” said Eden Foster, co-chair of the Plant a Thousand Daffodils project.

The volunteer-led effort was the brainchild of Jayne Garland, the other co-chair of the project.

Foster said the project’s goals are to beautify Central Point, bring the community together and raise money for the Central Point Parks and Recreation Foundation, which helps support the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Donors who contributed $100 or more have a sign placed among the flowers acknowledging their generosity.

Organizers hope to mobilize volunteers this fall for another epic bulb-planting mission.

But before then, Plant a Thousand Daffodils is sponsoring a poetry contest for kids who are elementary school-age or younger, plus an art contest for middle and high school students. Kids who live in Central Point and surrounding communities are welcome to enter.

The poetry contest deadline is April 1, while the art contest deadline is April 15.

Prizes for the poetry contest are sponsored by the Central Point Friends of the Library, and the art contest prizes are sponsored by the Table Rock Kiwanis Club.

For the poetry contest, students may enter up to two poems of any style or length on the theme of daffodils. Poems must be typed or clearly hand-written. Illustrations are welcome but not required.

Children with limited writing skills may dictate to an older student or adult who must certify that the words are the poet’s alone. Poems may be submitted in a language other than English, but a translation must be provided.

There is no charge to enter the contest. Each poem must list the following on the back of the page: name, grade, teacher’s name, school, the best way to contact the student and, if relevant, the name and signature of the older student or adult who helped write down the child’s poem.

Poems will be judged anonymously, so don’t write a name on the front.

Poems may be dropped off at Central Point City Hall, 140 S. Third St., in the drop box in the lobby of the second floor by 4 p.m. Friday, April 1. Poems can also be emailed to centralpointdaffodils@gmail.com.

Barnes & Noble bookstore gift certificates will be awarded as prizes to winners from each grade level. Winners will be notified approximately two weeks following the entry deadline. Some winners will be published in an upcoming Central Point Parks and Recreation Guide and/or the city newsletter.

All submissions will become property of the contest and cannot be returned, so make copies of your work.

For the art contest, cash prizes of $50 will be awarded to one student in each grade level, with winning entries displayed at Central Point City Hall. Art of any style will be accepted but must be inspired by the daffodils blooming in Central Point.

Middle and high school students may submit up to two pieces of art. Art must be two-dimensional and no larger than 24-by-24 inches. Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed-media and computer-generated art are all welcome. Each entry must be completely original.

There is no charge to enter. Each submission must list on the back or on an attached separate sheet of paper the following: the title of the work, name, grade, teacher’s name (if relevant), school and best way to contact the student. The judging will be done anonymously, so the artist’s name should not appear on the front of the work.

Artwork must be appropriate to be viewed by an audience of all ages, based solely at the discretion of the judges.

Completed and fully dry works may be dropped off at Central Point City Hall, 140 S. Third St., Central Point, Attention: Dave Jacob, by 4 p.m. April 15.

Arrangements can be made to have artwork picked up for the contest prior to the deadline by emailing centralpointdaffodils@gmail.com.

Winners will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline. Winners will be asked to provide an artist’s statement to accompany the artwork on display in city hall, and to assist in making the works suitable for hanging.

All artwork will be returned to the school of origin, or in the case of home-schooled students, can be picked-up at city hall during normal business hours.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.